New York

30 September 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Kashmir

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on 18 September.

The Secretary-General urges both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation. He calls on the Governments of Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including regarding Kashmir, peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue. His good offices are available, if accepted by both sides.