United Nations, July 14: UN chief Antonio Guterres repeatedly stressed on the need for engagement and dialogue between India and Pakistan for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.
While addressing a press conference, Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric made the remarks on Thursday.
When asked: “Was the Secretary-General going to pay any attention to what is happening over there (Kashmir)?” or “we are just waiting for some sort of big tragedy to occur for the Secretary-General to take attention”, the spokesperson said : “… We reiterate the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution through engagement and dialogue.”
“…in terms of paying attention, I think the Secretary-General answered in his own words that question during the press conference,” the spokesman stated referring to the Secretary General’s first ever press conference last month.
Earlier at June 20 press conference, when a media person asked if Guterres was involved in bringing about a dialogue between the two countries to resolve the Kashmir issue, he said “Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India?”
“For someone accused of doing nothing it is quite a number of meetings,” he added as he responded to flak that he was not doing anything in the face of rising tensions in the subcontinent.
However, Guterres did not inform about his efforts.
The Secretary-General met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in St Petersburg last month, he also Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the World Economic Forum held in Astana, Kazakhstan.