Beijing: Expressing concern over the “continuous confrontation and tensions” between India and Pakistan, both China and the United Nations called on both nations to exercise restraint.
“As a shared neighbour and friend to both India and Pakistan we are concerned about continuous confrontation and tensions between India and Pakistan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Sheung told media here on Friday.
“We call on all relevant parties to exercise restraint and refrain from actions that would escalate tension,” he said replying to a question on Indian military strikes across the Line of Control.
He said China hopes that both parties would properly address their differences though dialogue and consultation and deescalate tensions as soon as possible.
“Since there has been tensions between India and Pakistan, China has been in communication with both the countries to exercise restraint, enhance communication and properly resolve differences,” he said, adding that China will continue to work on the two sides for peace talks.
At the United Nations headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s top aide said he had asked India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully.
Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN is “obviously following this situation with great concern” relating to the increase of tensions along the Line of Control.
“The UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan, UNMOGIP, is aware of the ceasefire violations and right now is liaising with the concerned authorities to obtain further information,” he told reporters on Thursday.
He said the United Nations calls on the governments of India and Pakistan to “exercise restraint and encourages them to continue their effort to resolve their differences peacefully and through dialogue.”