ROBIN COOK,shadow foreign secretary, July 31, 1995
"The position of the Labour Party on Kashmir is that it is a part of the Indian state. And the resolution of the present issue in Kashmir is an internal matter for India, to be conducted on the terms of the Shimla agreement." He clarifies that the three MPs who speak critically of India on Kashmir—Max Madden, Gerald Kaufman and Clare Short—"speak for themselves". "If asked, we will be happy to provide assistance and provide any help we can to make progress. But the first step has to be from India itself and it would be a very impolite foreign secretary who invites himself into such a very difficult internal situation." Britain, he emphasises, could play a role "if we were asked—but we would have to be asked."
LABOUR PARTY RESOLUTION,two months later
"Britain must accept its responsibility as the former imperial power in a dispute that dates from the arrangements for independence. Britain is under an...