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Should Kashmir Be An Independent State?
Kashmir meets the criteria for statehood.
The only relevant criteria for statehood should be to fulfill people's right to
Kashmir fulfils the requirements set out in the
Convention on Statehood, which is part of customary international law and codifies the theory of Statehood.
Criteria for statehood established in the nineteenth century, for example at the
Congress of Vienna
, hold that a state
only exists when recognised as sovereign by other states
. It would be difficult for an independent Kashmir to be recognised by the international community in this way.