Ban asks India, Pak to resolve their issues through dialogue

  • PTI, United Nations
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 00:15 IST

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan along the LoC and asked the two nations to resolve all differences through dialogue and engage constructively for a long-term solution for peace and stability in Kashmir.

The Secretary-General is "concerned about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

He deplores the loss of lives and the displacement of civilians on both sides," a statement issued by Ban's spokesman said.

"Ban encourages the governments of India and Pakistan to resolve all differences through dialogue and to "engage constructively to find a long-term solution for peace and stability in Kashmir," it said.

A war of words between the two countries over the situation at the Line of Control took place on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly where India said that it was a "matter of deep regret" that Pakistan violated the ceasefire, in which eight people were killed and several others injured.

India made it clear that its armed forces are "fully ready" to respond to "provocation".

India also said that the onus of creating a positive environment for normalisation of relations is on Pakistan.

Eight civilians have been killed in India as Pakistan targeted dozens of army outposts and villages; more than 80 have been injured.

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