Ban 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating situation along 'Line of Control' in Kashmir

Pakistani children hold the remains of a shell that fell during clashes with India in Kashmir. Photo: Sumaira Jajja/IRIN (file)

24 November 2016 – “Deeply concerned” about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.

“The Secretary-General trusts that the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan can find common ground and work towards a sustainable peace,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

The United Nations stands by the people of the region and supports all efforts to reach durable peace and security, the statement concluded.

According to media reports, shelling and gunfire intensified along the Line of Control yesterday.

The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

UNMOGIP currently comprises 41 military observers and a number of civilian staff members.


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