India takes 15 envoys to Kashmir but EU spurns 'guided tour'  - IAMC
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India takes 15 envoys to Kashmir but EU spurns ‘guided tour’ 

The European Union refused to take part in a rare diplomatic visit to India-administered Kashmir starting on Thursday because they will not be allowed to meet detained local politicians, reports said.

India took the envoys from 15 countries, including the United States, to the disputed region – the first visit by New Delhi-based diplomats since the right-wing Indian government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status and imposed a harsh crackdown five months ago.

The security lockdown and communications blackout, still only partially lifted, has drawn international criticism including in Brussels and Washington. “EU envoys don’t want a guided tour of Kashmir. We want to meet people freely of our own choosing,” the NDTV news channel quoted one European diplomatic source as saying.…