UN snubs Pak again, wants India, Pak to talk

United Nations:UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's spokesman has refused to be drawn into a controversy over whether India and Pakistan were "getting ready to go to war", saying he would only reiterate earlier statements that called for dialogue between the two nations.

Asked by a reporter on Wednesday if Ban had spoken to Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif because of the situation developing on the subcontinent "getting ready to go to war", spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, "I think we know what the situation is, and (as) I said, our position on good offices and the current situation remains the same."

Repeatedly asked about the Kashmir situation and if Ban would "call the leaders of the India and Pakistan to ratchet down the war rhetoric", Dujarric said, "I think we've stated clearly our position on the situation between those two countries."

To a question about UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein criticising India and Pakistan for not allowing his teams to visit Kashmir, Dujarric said he was not familiar with that case.