Avoid escalation, says UN chief

Avoid escalation, says UN chief


The UN Secretary-General , M.r Antonio Guterres, has discussed Kashmir with the Prime Minister, Mr.  Narendra Modi, and told him that all the sides should avoid escalation, according to the former’s spokesperson.

The spokesperson, Mr.  Stephane Dujarric, said that at their meeting on Sunday in Biarritz, France, on the sidelines of the G7 summit 'the issue of Kashmir did come up.For the Secretary-General’s part, he reiterated the message that he has been saying publicly, and that’s basically a need for all parties to avoid any sort of escalation,' he said.

Mr. Guterres has convened an international summit on climate change at the UN, which Mr. Modi is scheduled to attend, and the main focus of their meeting was on that subject.

Mr. Dujarric said they also had 'a long and fruitful discussion' on climate change issues. After their meeting, Mr. Modi tweeted that they had an ``excellent meeting”at which they 'had extensive deliberations on key issues, most notably ways to strengthen the efforts to mitigate climate change'.

Mr. Guterres presented Mr. Modi in October 2018 with the UN’s Champions of the Earth award for his leadership in combating climate change.

On August 8, in the first statement after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Mr. Dujarric said that Mr. Guterres also 'recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement'”.

He acknowledged that it 'states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the UN.'