United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stated it’s “completely important” for India and Pakistan to be capable of come collectively and significantly talk about their issues, cautioning that any military confrontation would be a “disaster of unmitigated proportions” for each international locations and the entire world.
IMAGE: Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers personnel participate within the beating retreat ceremony on the eve of 73rd Independence Day on the India-Pakistan Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar. Photograph: ANI Photo
“Well, what I stated within the assertion…is sadly the identical that I can say right now. I imply, I do imagine that it’s completely important to have a de-escalation of the scenario, particularly within the Line of [Control],” the UN chief stated.
Guterres was responding to a query by a Pakistani journalist on tensions between India and Pakistan over the scenario in Kashmir. The query additionally referred to the assertion Guterres had issued in August 2019 on the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir the place he had appealed for max restraint.
“I feel it is completely important for the 2 international locations to be capable of come collectively and significantly talk about their issues, and I feel it is important that human rights are absolutely revered in all territories that you just talked about,” Guterres stated throughout his press briefing on Thursday.
“Now, issues haven’t moved in the best path. Our good workplaces are all the time out there, and we are going to insist inside it of discovering peaceable options for issues that don’t have any military resolution. It is evident, when seeing Pakistan and India, any military confrontation between the 2 would be a disaster of unmitigated proportions for each international locations and for the entire world,” he stated.
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing and bifurcated it into two Union Territories in 2019.
Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian excessive commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “inner matter”.