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Any military confrontation between India and Pak would be a disaster of sheer proportions: UN chief | India News

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UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said it is “absolutely essential” that India and Pakistan can come together and seriously discuss their problems, warning that any military confrontation would be a “disaster of absolute proportions” for both countries. and the whole world.
“Well, what I said in the statement… sadly is the same thing I can say today. I mean, I think it is absolutely essential to have a de-escalation of the situation, that is, on the Line of (Control), “said the UN chief.
Guterres was responding to a question from a Pakistani journalist about the tensions between India and Pakistan over the situation in Kashmir. The question also referred to the statement Guterres had issued in August 2019 on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where he had asked for maximum restraint.
“I think it is absolutely essential that the two countries can come together and seriously discuss their problems, and I think it is essential that human rights are fully respected in all the territories you mentioned,” Guterres said during his press conference on Thursday.
“Now, things have not moved in the right direction. Our good offices are always available and we will insist within them on finding peaceful solutions to problems that have no military solution. It is clear, looking at Pakistan and India, any military confrontation between the two would be a disaster of absolute proportions for both countries and for the entire world, “he said.
Tensions between India and Pakistan rose after New Delhi repealed the provisions of article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and forked it into two Union territories in 2019.
Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
India has asserted that the repeal of section 370 was its “internal matter”.

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