U.S. calls for India and Pakistan to de-escalate situation

Statement asks Pakistan to abide by UNSC commitments

Updated - February 28, 2019 11:50 am IST

Published - February 28, 2019 09:10 am IST - Washington DC

An Indian border post on the Line of Control in Poonch.

An Indian border post on the Line of Control in Poonch.

In the context of the escalating situation between India and Pakistan connected to the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama, the U.S. has called for stability and asked both India and Pakistan to cease all cross-border military activity, as per a statement from a State Department spokesperson.

“We urge both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including through direct communication. Further military activity will exacerbate the situation,” the statement read.

The statement, issued on February 27, came after news of Pakistan jets attacking locations in Jammu & Kashmir, and the capture of an Indian pilot who had ejected from his aircraft, which was hit by Pakistani fire, while he was flying across the LoC, chasing back the Pakistan jets.

The U.S., on February 27, asked Pakistan to end its support for terrorists and abide by its U.N. Security Council commitments. “Cross-border terrorism, such as the recent attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force on February 14, poses a grave threat to the security of the region. We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds,” the statement read.

Earlier in the week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said, via a statement, that he had spoken with the Foreign Ministers of both India and Pakistan and asked them to “prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity”.

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