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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  1. Z
    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.
      1. A
        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.
        1. B
          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;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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