No UN in Kashmir until both parties ask, says Ban

“India and Pakistan, they are neighbouring countries, important nations in that region - peace and security would have important implications,” he said. “I regret the latest loss of life. I have been calling for an immediate end to violence and urge calm and restraint by all concerned,” Ban said. “That is the position of the United Nations at this time.”

While India maintains that Kashmir is an internal matter, Pakistan asserts that it is on the UN docket and has been calling for international intervention, especially from the US.

Last week, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told the UN that Pakistan was sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir, and this later led to a strong exchange of words between both the nations with Islamabad accusing New Delhi of sponsoring terrorism in the region.

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