UN Urges Calm As Tensions Flare Up Along LOC

UNITED NATIONS:?UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Pakistan and India to resolve the ongoing tensions along the dividing Line of Control in  Kashmir through dialogue. 

"We are obviously aware of these reports (of exchanges of fire along LoC) over the past few days, and obviously not just the past few days. This needs to be dealt with by the two parties in a peaceful manner," the Secretary-General's Spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told the regular noon briefing in response to a question.  

"The discussions that did take place (between leaders of Pakistan and India) on the margins of the GA meetings last month were important, and it is precisely that kind of a dialogue which the secretary-general would wish to encourage," he said.

Meanwhile another report said that the Washington has reiterated its stand of non interference in the Kashmir dispute. US leaders have told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute and Washington continues to encourage dialogue between two countries.

US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a tweet: "Out (sic) position has not changed. up to India and Pakistan, US continues to encourage dialogue between two countries."

"Given its relationship with India, US has capacity to do more to help Pakistan-India resolve their disputes, including Kashmir," Sharif said in an address to the US Institute of Peace, a US Congress funded federal institution, on the eve of his meeting with Obama.

"Pakistan appreciate the constrictive role US is playing between Pakistan and India," he said asking US to do more as he repeated the comments he had made two days ago in London on way to Washington.

US had rejected out of hand Sharif's call for Washington to get involved to resolve the Kashmir issue even before Sharif landed in Washington Sunday with a senior administration official saying that "On Kashmir, our policy has not changed an iota."

While it encouraged a dialogue between the two countries, "the pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan's dialogue on Kashmir is for those two countries to determine with each other," the official said repeating the oft-stated US stand.

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