Resolve differences via talks: Ban Ki-moon

Resolve differences via talks: Ban Ki-moon

United Nations: The UN chief s “good offices” are available to help resolve the Kashmir dispute if both India and Pakistan request for it, UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said.
He underlined the need for India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue and refused to comment on comparisons between Kashmir and the situation in Syria.
The UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric was repeatedly asked by a Pakistani reporter whether the UN chief will talk to leaders of India and Pakistan and offer his good offices during the current atmosphere of escalating tensions. The journalist also drew a comparison between the situation in Kashmir with that in war-torn Syria.
“Without commenting on the comparison you make, obviously, I think you’ve seen what we’ve already said on the situation in Kashmir. I have nothing to add to what we’ve already said and what already stands,” he said on Wednesday.
He stressed that the UN is aware of the situation in Kashmir and “our position on good offices and the current situation remains the same, and I would refer you to what we’ve been saying the last couple of weeks.”
The UN chief had condemned the militant attack in Uri and expressed hope that the “perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice”.
“The United Nations is following developments closely and shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace,” Ban’s spokesperson had said in a statement.

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