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Parliamentary question - E-006518/2016(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

    1. Any use of pellet guns should be in line with the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. Provision five of the Basic Principles states: Whenever the lawful use of force and firearms is unavoidable, law enforcement officials shall exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offence; minimise damage and injury, and respect and preserve human life; ensure that assistance and medical aid are rendered to any injured or affected person at the earliest moment.

    2. The Commission supports projects facilitating access to appropriate medical care for victims of recent violence, with a focus on children from vulnerable families, as well as providing therapeutic rehabilitation, orthoses and prosthetic services.

    3. The EU’s longstanding position is to support the reconciliation process between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, particularly through dialogue, and to call for the Kashmiri people themselves to be as involved as possible in this process. This position remains unchanged. The EU continues to monitor the situation and remains in contact with Indian and Pakistani authorities.