New York, (IINA) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is following the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir where strikes are being observed after security personnel killed eight civilians protesting against New Delhi's rule, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.
According to the Associated Press of Pakistan, Dujarric told reporters that the UN chief has always underscored the need for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute through engagement and dialogue between India and Pakistan.
When asked why the secretary general was reluctant to discuss the Kashmir dispute, the spokesman said, I don't think the Secretary General is reluctant. He would underscore the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution through engagement and dialogue. It is obviously an issue that he is following.If we are able to say more, we will.
Last week, the United Nations said the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) is investigating alleged ceasefire violations on the Pakistan-administered side of the Line of Control.
The UN, it said, had received reports of the alleged ceasefire violations in the Azad Kashmir side of the line of control at Domel, Kotli, and Bhimber.
UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. While Pakistan allows UN observers to monitor the line of control, India does not.
The group, based in Rawalpindi, is composed of 44 military observers, supported by 25 international civilian personnel and 47 local civilian staff.
Source: International Islamic News Agency