Norway intervenes again

Norway intervenes again
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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg stating that her country is willing to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir is an indication that international community is watching the developments in Kashmir keenly.
In 2018 the former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik conducted a whirlwind tour of New Delhi, Kashmir, Muzaffarabad and Islamabad. In Kashmir he met the separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. It was for the first time in BJP led regime that any foreign leader was allowed to meet the separatists in the Valley.
At that point of time Government of India had maintained silence over Bondevik’s Kashmir visit creating a notion that it was just a casual visit. However, the recent statement of the incumbent Norwegian Prime Minister is an indication that something is cooking up.
New Delhi’s policy has been clear that it’s not in favour of third party mediation vis-à-vis Kashmir. It has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and it’s a settled issue. So the possibilities about India allowing third party mediation look bleak.
The Norwegian Prime Minister downplayed Bondevik’s Kashmir visit and said that there was no official mission and he was not on a mission from the Norwegian government. “He was invited and he wanted to see if there were some possibilities of helping out but there was no official mission,” she said.
Norway has a long history of conflict resolution and Bondevik had played a key role in the resolution of the conflict with Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka a few years ago.
Solberg maintained that the Kashmir problem cannot be solved only from a military standpoint and a popular support is also important.