No mediation on Kashmir unless both parties agree: UN Chief


Agencies, New Delhi As the tensions along the Indo-Pak border intensify, UN chief Antonio Guterres called on to both the countries for dialogue. Guterres ruled out any possibility of mediation and urged India and Pakistan to address their issues. Un officials noted that although the United Nations is always available for mediation, nothing can be achieved if the countries don’t reach a consensus. While Pakistan has always sought mediation, India often stands against any third-party intervention, especially in resolving the Kashmir issue. “We’re obviously aware. We’re following this, what’s been going on, really for the last 10 days,” UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric noted. “As in any issue...If there are multiple parties, everyone needs to agree on involving the UN. That is true of any mediation effort,” Dujarric said. “The Secretary-General would encourage both sides to address any outstanding issues through dialogue,” he said. The Indo-Pak ties have been under pressure owing to a series of attacks carried out by Pakistan-based terror groups.The recent incidents of ceasefire violations have caused severe casualties on both sides and have strained the relationship further.

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