Pakistan-India tensions: US encourages dialogue to solve issues

UN calls for restraint as tensions mount between the two nuclear tipped neighbours.

APP August 07, 2013
Protesters allegedly attacked the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi on Wednesday after five Indian soldiers were killed by militants on Tuesday in the Poonch sector. PHOTO: FILE

UNITED NATIONS/ ISLAMABAD: Following reports of an alleged attack on the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi stemming from tensions brewing over the Line of Control, the United States on Wednesday renewed calls to Pakistan and India to address the issue through dialogue.

"I understand these are new reports since then (yesterday). We, of course, are aware of them," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, when asked about protests in New Delhi during Wednesday’s briefing.

"We are  concerned about any violence, as always, along the Line of  Control. We understand the governments of India and Pakistan are in contact over the issue. We continue to encourage, of course, further dialogue. That is the best step to resolve," she said.

"We are encouraging them to continue their dialogue, and we are hopeful that will take place."

Ban Ki Moon calls for restraint

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called for restraint amid mounting tensions between Pakistan and India that triggered a protest demonstration in front of the Pakistani High commission in New Delhi.

"The secretary-general is closely monitoring developments," the Secretary-General's spokesperson Martin Nesirky, said in response to a question.

"He (the secretary-general) has repeatedly called on all concerned to exercise restraint and to solve issues peacefully."


Aschraful Makhlooq | 8 years ago | Reply

Definitely there will be US' hidden interests behind it because US never does any thing without its interests.......

sultan ahmed. | 8 years ago | Reply

Once again a crucial stage has come which put Indian and pakistan in a tough condition. both the military leaders looks in motion controling the situation but opposition in India igniting the newly raised issue..

No doubt issue is very sensitive which compelled the high profiles such as American State Depart and the United Nation secretary general to rais their vioce in favour of restraint.

No doubt, as the whole world admitt that,Kashmire is flesh point between Indian and Pakistan two are the neighbers and have borders with eachother and two are the nuclear powers and have mass destructive atomic weapons in their stockpile.

United Nation as a global institution of peace has some concerned and reservations but I am very sad to say it has played no remarkable role in tthis connectio,on the other hand ,single super power has also been failed setting the issue between the two countries notewith standing the fact that three wars were fought which claimed thousand lives from both sides.

Only lip service is not enough,both power United nations and The United states should moved forward and put the parties concerned across the negotiating table and solve the issue peacefully.

As for as the killing of Indian soldier is concerned no doubt it is an unprovoked but in view of the refusal by Pakistan it needs fair and impartial investigation thereafter punishment can be awarded to the responsible. concerned quarters.

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