Surgical strikes: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon offers to mediate between India, Pak

The statement said the UN Chief urges both sides to 'exercise maximum restraint' and take 'immediate steps to de-escalate the situation'.

By: PTI | United Nations | Updated: October 1, 2016 12:58 pm
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has offered to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed neighbours resolve their disputes, as he urged both nations to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions in the region.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18,” a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson said at United Nations on Friday.

The statement said the UN Chief urges both sides to ‘exercise maximum restraint’ and take ‘immediate steps to de-escalate the situation’.

Ban said his good offices are available, ‘if accepted by both sides’, as he called on the Governments of Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, ‘peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue’.

India on Wednesday night conducted surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh had said, “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan.”

The strike came just days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir that killed 20 jawans.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the attackers would not go “unpunished” and the sacrifice of the jawans would not be in vain.

The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan.

According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian 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’.

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    Zaki
    Oct 1, 2016 at 6:25 am
    Get on a flight to Islamabad, i think there is a regular schedule. BTW, when you going to tackle illegal wars, invasions and reparations for slavery?
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      amar singh
      Oct 1, 2016 at 4:05 am
      UN should act against stan for being an epicentre of terrorism,there is no need for any mediation.
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        aravind
        Oct 1, 2016 at 7:53 am
        Mr. Ban has to tell stan to stop fosterig terrorists. Mediation with India is now not required. UN could not get stan to vacate the POK to allow plebecite all these years while stan continue cross border terrorists and firing to covegr terror page. The UN did not do its part all these years and the countries supported that charter simply created a trouble spot for India.
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          bitterhoney
          Oct 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm
          It is time for UN to play its decisive role in resolving the long standing conflict between the two neighboring countries. Enough is enough.
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            Dr M
            Oct 1, 2016 at 6:34 am
            India is suffering the effects of one of the Nehruvian bers in going to the U N prematurely in the first place.lt;br/gt;Now dear U N what you have done so long during seven decades and innumerable hostilities/war, why didn't you come forward.Now you want to save 'na pak' Pak from self annihilation. But India says you are NOT required.
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              Sridhar
              Oct 1, 2016 at 4:37 am
              What is there to mediate??? How come he has just woken up??? Ours is a strike against terrorists. Had paksitan acted against them, the surgical strike would not have happened. On the contrary stan sponsors these terrorists. Ban Ki Moon should talk only to stan and see if he can get them on the right path. Instead he is behaving as if both need counselling. He can keep it to himself. These surgical strikes should continue as long as stan remains a terrorist state. Meanwhile, he should go counsel USA against their surgical drone strikes which are escalating tensions between the entire muslim world and America.
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Oct 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm
                The Cover Photo is Wonderful.lt;br/gt;Hindi texted material for all Educated Leaders.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What an ideal situation .
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                  mathimathi
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 9:11 am
                  UN is not a dada. USA China Russia france UK are five dada.
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                    Vivek narain
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 5:50 am
                    With so much at stake in Syria,Ban has his hands full.The quagmire of Syria is a contagion that's affecting stan.
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                      Prasad
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 9:05 am
                      Nawaz Sharif used the UN forum to glorify a terrorist !lt;br/gt;Why is Ban Ki Moon silent regarding this ???
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                        raghav
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 10:13 am
                        The UN and Moon have no guts to come down heavily on terroristan. He does not have any morality to talk of mediating! Useless organisation.
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                          Rajiv Edavan
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 4:06 am
                          Can Banki moon persuade Kapistan to return POK Back to India. if this is done, everything will settle automatically.
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                            Ramyagnesh
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 6:59 am
                            Thanks Mr. Ban. The situation can be de-escalated quickly if stan takes immediate action on the Terrorists and their supporters immediately. There is nothing to mediate. lt;br/gt;A blunt instruction to stan is enough. What were you doing so long to work on the elimination of Terrorism from stan as stan is also suffering from this disease. This disease is like cancer, keep spreading and affecting everybody.
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                              R.Kannan
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 6:22 am
                              Ban Ki-moon.lacks credibility as he rarely questions terrorism and the fact that stan has become a terrorist nation. He is clearly acting as a stani supporter and is unfit to be th UN chief
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                                An Observer
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                                Ban-ki-Moon is a toothless man who in reality cannot do anything. He has failed to solve any problem so far. South and North Korea are fighting each-other even more and other problems in the world have not become less at all but increased. He should condemn the state sponsored terrorism from stan and the behavior of stan on bad and good terrorism. The terrorists have killed so many people in South Asia with stan’s support. There are evidences available that can be used in bringing the culprits to justice. Violence of any kind must be denounced at one and all for the sake of the humanity.
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                                  An Observer
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                                  Ban-ki-Moon is a toothless man who in reality cannot do anything. He has failed to solve any problem so far. South and North Korea are fighting each-other even more and other problems in the world have not become less at all but increased. He should condemn the state sponsored terrorism from stan and the behavior of stan on bad and good terrorism. The terrorists have killed so many people in South Asia with stan’s support. There are evidences available that can be used in bringing the culprits to justice. Violence of any kind must be denounced by one and all for the sake of the humanity.
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                                    Indiawale
                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm
                                    UN has become obsolete and useless. It has failed utterly to solve world's most pressing problems and conflicts. This also means mankind is sleep-walking towards self-destruction.
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                                      Anjali
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 4:51 am
                                      UN is owned by globalists and is completely irrelevant in this era. UN should be abolished.
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                                        Anjali
                                        Oct 1, 2016 at 4:53 am
                                        WTO is working for funding globalists. IndiA should leave the WTO.
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                                            Ravishankar
                                            Oct 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                                            Bunki Moon can negotiate between North and South Korea!
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