Antonio Guterres urges India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir dispute through dialogue

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged India and Pakistan to resolve the occupied Kashmir dispute through dialogue.

Briefing the media in New York, UN Secretary-General Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Guterres had repeatedly met with Pakistani and Indian officials in recent weeks in a bid to calm tension between the nuclear-armed powers.

He said the UN Secretary-General remains very concerned about any potential escalation between India and Pakistan over the situation.

The UN Secretary-General appealed to both India and Pakistan to deal with the issue through dialogue and as the situation in occupied Kashmir can only be solved with the full respect of human rights.

Earlier, Guterres had said he was monitoring the worsening situation in the valley, especially reports about tightening restrictions and mass arrests, as he called for steps to defuse tensions between India and Pakistan.

“We obviously continue to follow the situation very closely in Jammu and Kashmir, [and] also reports of restrictions and detentions in the Indian-administered side of the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir,” spokesman Dujarric said.

“The Secretary-General reiterates what he has been saying both publicly and privately to India and Pakistan to their leaders to exercise restraint and to take whatever steps they can to defuse tensions,” he added.