United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stands ready to mediate peace talks between Pakistan and India amid heightening tensions, provided the two neighbours accept his good offices, a spokesman said.
"Good offices is a standing offer," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the regular noon briefing in reply to a question from a journalist who referred to ongoing clashes in India-held Kashmir and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement in which he also blamed the news media for inflaming the situation.
He underscored that the secretary general's good offices worked only when both parties agreed to mediation. He said the UN chief had always encouraged direct talks between the two countries for the resolution of their outstanding issues.
In Islamabad, the Foreign Office welcomed Ban Ki-moon's offer to mediate Pak-India peace talks.
US FAVOURS DIALOGUE
The US said it wants dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolving Kashmir issue, amid war of words between the two countries over the unrest in the Valley after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
"We want to see dialogue between India and Pakistan on how to resolve the conflict in Kashmir and our policy hasn't changed," the State Department Deputy Spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters at his daily news conference. (Agencies)