Selin ATAY-TDO- The UN chief urged India to fully respect the human rights in Kashmir and stressed a dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the dispute.
Addressing a conference on climate change in the capital Islamabad, Antonio Guterres said he has always been advocating the need for an "enhanced dialogue" between India and Pakistan and for that he offered his good office more than once.
Recalling the UN Human Rights Commission reports on Kashmir, he said the two reports played “a very important role in clarifying the situation” in Indian-administered Kashmir.
“So our strong commitment is clear, human rights must be respected everywhere in the world, but also there," he added.
In response to Guterres’ remarks, India’s External Ministry spokesman said in a statement that Jammu and Kashmir “will continue to be an integral part of India.”
“The issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. Further issues, if any, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third party mediation,” the spokesman said.
“We hope the UN Secretary General would emphasize on the imperative for Pakistan to take credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India, which threatens the most fundamental human right - the right to life, of the people of India, including in J&K [Jammu and Kashmir]," he added.
Speaking about climate change in the world, the UN chief said the climate crisis is “perhaps the greatest current obstacle to global peace, stability and prosperity.” He urged the world to fulfill their commitments that were made in Paris to counter the climate challenges.