After Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, demanding necessary steps to defuse tensions among Pakistan and India due to Pulwama terror attack, which killed 44 Indian troops, the UN Secretary called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree to UN mediation.
“We are deeply concerned at the increasing tensions between the two countries,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Guterres “stresses the importance of both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalation” while also offering to mediate “should both sides ask”, said Dujarric.
Earlier Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a letter said that “It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions”. “It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India.” “It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The UN must step in to defuse tensions.” The letter further said India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident.
“You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down. I request that this letter be circulated to members of the Security Council and General Assembly.”
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17 November, 2019