Urges India, Pakistan to exercise restraint, hold dialogue
United Nations: Concerned over the tensions across the LoC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s top aide has asked India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully.
Amid India’s claims that surgical strikes were conducted it targeting seven militant launch pads across the LoC, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN is “obviously following this situation with great concern” relating to the increase of tensions across 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 yesterday.
It is not clear whether the aide included India’s claim of surgical strike as ceasefire violation as well.
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.”
When asked about the SAARC summit, which was slated to be held in Islamabad in November, Dujarric said he “had not seen the reports of the cancellation of the SAARC summit.”
India has said it will not participate in the summit citing the continuous cross-border terrorism by Pakistan. After India’s announcement, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan too decided not to participate in the summit.
According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the LoC and the working boundary between the two neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.
India has however always maintained that UNMOGIP has “outlived its relevance” and has “no role to play whatsoever”.