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Any military confrontation between India, Pakistan would be disaster of unmitigated proportion: UN chief Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on tensions between India and Pakistan over the situation in Kashmir.

January 29, 2021 / 11:27 AM IST
File image: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

File image: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it is absolutely essential for India and Pakistan to be able to come together and seriously discuss their problems, cautioning that any military confrontation would be a disaster of unmitigated proportions for both countries and the whole world.

"Well, what I said in the statement…is unfortunately the same that I can say today. I mean, I do believe that it is absolutely essential to have a de-escalation of the situation, namely in the Line of [Control],” the UN chief said.

Guterres was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on 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 appealed for maximum restraint.