UN chief appeals for restraint in Kashmir Valley

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate end to violence in Kashmir and appealed for restraint by all parties, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 09:19 AM IST

New York: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate end to violence in Kashmir
and appealed for restraint by all parties, his spokesperson
said on Wednesday.

"The Secretary-General regrets the latest loss of
life. He (Ban) calls for an immediate end to violence
and urges calm and restraint by all concerned," Martin Nesirky
told journalists, adding that Ban was "closely following
events".

The Kashmir Valley remains under a relaxed curfew
after months of persistent clashes between demonstrators and
security personnel, which have claimed more than 100 lives.

The statement comes almost a month after UN sent out
an email, which said that Ban called on "all concerned to
exercise utmost restraint and address problems peacefully" and
he "encourages both sides to rekindle the spirit of the
composite dialogue".

Following protests by the Indian government, the UN
withdrew the remarks and described it as "media guidance" and
not a "statement by the Secretary-General".

PTI