New York: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed the recent "constructive" talks between the Indo-Pak
Foreign Ministers and encouraged the two countries to resolve
their outstanding issues through dialogue in the interest of
the regional security.
The UN Secretary General "welcomes the recent
constructive discussions between the two Foreign Ministers" in
New Delhi, his office said today.
"As he has done on occasions in the past, the Secretary
General encourages the two countries to resolve their
outstanding issues through dialogue in the interest of the
peoples of the two countries and regional security," it said.
Ban`s statement follows the July 27 talks between
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani
counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in New Delhi during which the
two sides announced new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).
The CBMs included increasing cross-LoC trading days and
expanding travel to include tourism and religious aspects,
apart from relaxing permit conditions for travel by people of
Jammu and Kashmir to the other side of LoC by having a system
of six-month multiple entry.