New Delhi: Reacting strongly to the Pakistan’s demand that UN should probe the LoC killings, India on Tuesday said that the UN intervention into the matter is unacceptable to it and it will take up the issue bilaterally.

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“Let’s handle the Kashmir issue bilaterally. We reiterate our position that bilateral issues should be settled bilaterally. We have a history of solving issues bilateraly,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

Notably, the Pakistan has demanded that the UN be asked to probe allegations that Pakistani troops killed and beheaded two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month.

Referring to the Indian and Pakistani Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) agreeing to maintain peace on the Line of Control, Khurshid said, "In a clear reaffirmation of the bilateral process, the DGMOs have met... The bilateral process has never stopped... we haven't heard anything more."

Khurshid's statement came as India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri suggested winding up the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), saying its "role has been overtaken by the Simla Agreement of 1972 between India and Pakistan".

Pakistan's representative countered by saying "no bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan has overtaken or affected the role or legality of UNMOGIP" and it continues to monitor the ceasefire in accordance with the Security Council resolution.

Following the Simla Agreement of 1972 between India and Pakistan, the two countries resolved to respect the Line of Control resulting from the Dec 17, 1971, ceasefire and settle their differences by peaceful means through bilateral negotiations.


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