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US closely monitoring legislation on new territorial status of Kashmir: State Dept

US closely monitoring legislation on new territorial status of Kashmir: State Dept
August 8, 2019
WASHINGTON (92 News) – The US State Department Wednesday said they are closely following India’s legislation about new territorial status and governance of Jammu and Kashmir- hours after Pakistan expelled the Indian envoy and downgraded its diplomatic ties. The developments came after the Indian Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to occupied Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. “We are noting the broader implications of these developments, including the potential for increased instability in the region,” a State Department spokesperson told a media outlet. On Wednesday, the US had said there was an “urgent need” for dialogue among all actors to reduce tensions and to avoid a potential military escalation in South Asia. It had also strongly refuted news reports that India had informed the US before revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The State Department spokesperson said that “the US calls for calm and restraint by all parties”. Expressing concern over restrictions and detentions of people in Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesperson said, “We continue to be concerned by reports of detentions and the continued restrictions on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.” “We urge respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures, and inclusive dialogue with those affected.” The US, the spokesperson said, calls on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control, including “taking firm and resolute steps” to combat cross-border terrorism. “We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” the spokesperson said.