The European Union Parliamentarians, who visited Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, has said they will stand by the country (India) in its fight against global terrorism. The EU MPs have also termed revocation of Article 370 as an internal issue of India.
While, addressing the media persons on the last day of their two-day visit to the J&K Valleys, the EU MPs comprising 3 members also condemned the killing of five laborers from West Bengal by terrorists on Tuesday.
Henri Malosse from France said, “If we talk about Article 370 it is India's internal matter. What concerns us is terrorism which is a global menace and we should stand with India in fighting it. There was an unfortunate incident of killing of five innocent laborers by terrorists. We condemn it”.
He said the team got a briefing from the army and police as well as young activists and exchanged “ideas of peace”.
Newton Dunn from the UK described the visit, aimed at getting a first-hand assessment of the situation after the revocation of the state's special status under Article 370, as an "eye-opener"
"We belong to a place Europe which is peaceful after years of fighting. And we want to see India becoming the most peaceful country in the world. And for that we need to stand by India in its fight against global terrorism. This visit has been an eye opener and we would definitely advocate what we have seen on ground zero," he told reporters
The delegation is the first high-level foreign visit to Kashmir after the August 5 decision of the Centre to revoke the state's special status and bifurcate it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Wednesday is the last day of Jammu and Kashmir as a state.