United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon opined that the bilateral relations between India and Pakistan can only be improved through successful dialogue. The Secretary-General highlighted the need for a more conducive environment between the two nations to deal with the growing terrorism.
“It has been a long-standing issue between India and Pakistan. The two nations must move forward by holding successful bilateral dialogue, for that is the only way forward to resolve the differences between them. I have urged leaders of both the countries to initiate a bilateral meeting in the near future and offered any help from our end”, Ban ki-Moon said.
He also noted that he had urged the nations to maintain peace through bilateral talks at various international meetings.
“I personally believe that a friendly relation between India and Pakistan could help the global nations to counter terrorism. For this a more conducive environment must be created.”
Earlier in his speech addressing the UN General Assembly this year, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proposed a four-point peace initiative aimed at solving issues with India. On which, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj replied that Pakistan should first consider ‘only one issue’ of giving up terrorism.
The UN General-Secretary said that he was aware of the proposals made by both the nations on resuming talks, during the UN Assembly General Debate, September 2015.
“Terrorism has caused damage to almost every developing and developed country in this World. It has become a significant threat to international peace, which is evident through the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Lebanon. Time has come for us to untie against these ill-forces and maintain stability between the nations”, he said.
He also noted that it is the responsibility of the member nations to step forward in a bid to maintain international peace.