Ban's associate spokesperson Vannina Maestracci told reporters, "In a statement, the secretary-general said that he is concerned about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. He deplores the loss of lives and the displacement of civilians on both sides."

She added, "The secretary-general encourages the governments of India and Pakistan to resolve all differences through dialogue and to engage constructively to find a long-term solution for peace and stability in Kashmir."

The measured statement by Ban stressed the bilateral aspect in asking New Delhi and Islamabad "to resolve all differences through dialogue."

Pakistan has renewed its attempts to internationalize the Kashmir issue. Last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) about its resolutions on Kashmir and 'fulfillment of that promise'.

And on Tuesday, Pakistan's UN Ambassador Masood Khan brought it up again, saying, Sharif 'reminded United Nations of its own responsibility'. Khan also said UN Military Observer Group 'must be enabled to play its role in monitoring the ceasefire'.

India has rejected any role for UN or other third parties in dealing with the Kashmir dispute.

Responding to Khan at the UNGA on Tuesday, Devesh Uttam, a girst secretary at the Indian Mission to the UN, said, "The onus of creating a positive environment is on Pakistan which is utterly failing to do so." He added, "It is a matter of deep regret that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire."

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