Media Statement

19 August 2019

Developments in Jammu and Kashmir

South Africa notes with concern the escalation of tensions surrounding developments in Jammu and Kashmir. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir should be resolved bilaterally, and South Africa urges India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through peaceful means.

South Africa calls on both countries to exercise restraint and refrain from actions that could further exacerbate the situation and potentially destabilise the region. There is an urgent need for rhetoric to be toned down.

South Africa further appeals that the freedom and rights of citizens be respected in line with international humanitarian and human rights laws.

Given South Africa’s history of a peaceful and democratic transition, we strongly believe that meaningful dialogue and consultations are the only way to sustainably resolve disputes. In this regard, the future of Jammu and Kashmir should be settled by peaceful means, through inclusive dialogue.

We have noted that demonstrations have taken place in South Africa. We reiterate that South Africa is a democracy, which allows the freedom to express different views, but all actions should still be in accordance with, and be observant of, the law.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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