UN ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir

The UN has said that it is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir if both sides request that.

United Nations | Published:February 7, 2014 3:07 pm
A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said UN was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue. A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said UN was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue.

The United Nations is available to mediate between India and Pakistan if the two neighbours request such assistance in resolving the Kashmir issue, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

“On Kashmir, (as with other conflicts around the world), our good offices are available if both sides (India and Pakistan) were to request that. And that remains the case today,” Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said on Thursday.

Haq was responding to a question on whether the UN chief would propose to India to sit down and talk with Pakistan to resolve the longstanding Kashmir issue.

Among the most vital roles played by the Secretary-General is the use of his “good offices,” which are steps taken publicly and in private, drawing upon his independence, impartiality and integrity, to prevent international disputes from arising, escalating or spreading.

“Good offices” are employed to help bring warring parties toward peace or to prevent political and armed conflicts from escalating.

India has always ruled out any intervention by the UN in settling issues, including Kashmir, with Pakistan.

Pakistan, on the other hand has sought UN intervention and has described the UN resolutions on the issue as an “important framework” for settlement of the dispute.

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    Arun
    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    Why do we need the UN? Can India and stan not talk to each other? When they find direct talk difficult, will they find it easier with a third party in between? Don't think so. Even worse, we know the US can bend Ban Ki-Moon's will as it pleases. So stan tells the US it will give safe page for its troops to exit from Afghanistan, and the US returns the favor by asking Ban Ki-Moon to pressure India. No thank you, Mr. Ki-Moon. We know why the US chose you over Shashi Tharoor.
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      Arun
      Feb 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm
      Why do we need the UN? Can India and stan not talk to each other? When they find direct talk difficult, will they find it easier with a third party in between? Don't think so. Even worse, we know the US can bend Ban Ki-Moon's will as it pleases. So stan tells the US it will give safe page for its troops to exit from Afghanistan, and the US returns the favor by asking Ban Ki-Moon to pressure India. No thank you, Mr. Ki-Moon. We know why the US chose you over Shashi Tharoor.
      Reply
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        velaler.com velaler
        Feb 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm
        Mediate between Isreal and Palestine or Britain and Ireland . Forget Kashmir. It is generated by Britishers and India's land is illegally occupied by stan. Ask stan to vacate it instead of trying to meddle with India, who is the sole and rightful owner of Kashmir.
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        1. v
          velaler.com velaler
          Feb 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm
          Mediate between Isreal and Palestine or Britain and Ireland . Forget Kashmir. It is generated by Britishers and India's land is illegally occupied by stan. Ask stan to vacate it instead of trying to meddle with India, who is the sole and rightful owner of Kashmir.
          Reply