UN chief calls for Indo-Pak dialogue to ease Kashmir tensions

Tensions in Kashmir have risen after Afzal Guru was hanged over the weekend.

February 12, 2013
UN says it is monitoring the situation between India and Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to ease the tensions in Indian-held Kashmir that have escalated following the weekend execution of Kashmiri activist Afzal Guru.

“We are following the developments closely," the secretary-general's spokesperson Martin Nesirky said in reply to a question on the latest developments in India-held Kashmir at the regular noon briefing.

He called for a dialogue to overcome the difficulties in the way of settling the issue.

Tensions between the two neighbours have escalated since the turn of the new year when a border altercation resulted in India kiling a Pakistani soldier. Pakistan retaliated in which two Indian soldiers were killed in an incident in which India claimed one of its soldier was beheaded. Another Pakistani soldier was killed in a subsequent incident of cross border firing by India.

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Gujesh | 8 years ago | Reply

It is an admission that UN resolution on plebicite in Kashmir is redundant.

Manju | 8 years ago | Reply

UN chief calls for Indo-Pak dialogue to ease Kashmir tensions And there goes down Pakistan's another attempt at internationalizing the issue... Cheers...

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