U.N Press Release

United Nations, Aug 18: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is prepared to use his good offices in helping to resolve the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir provided both parties —India and Pakistan — agree to his role, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

“As you know our good offices are always available to the parties as long as they are agreed to by both or all parties to the conflict. In this case over the years that does not seem to have been the case but certainly our good offices are available should both (parties) choose,” Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq said.

He was responding to a question at the regular noon briefing on the deteriorating situation in Indian Administered Kashmir and whether the secretary-general was prepared to act settle the conflict.

Over the years, India has refused any offers of good offices or mediation by the U.N., saying that Kashmir was a bilateral issue.

So far, Ban Ki Moon has offered no comments on the growing clashes in Indian Administered Kashmir in which more than 34 people have been killed, except to say that he is monitoring the situation.