Guterres says India considers Kashmir bilateral matter, turns down mediation offer

Guterres, who is on a visit to Pakistan to show "solidarity" with the victims of the floods, told reporters: "On the other hand, we have been very active in relation to the clear affirmation that human rights must be respected".

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad with Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at his side, he said that he was "always offering" his good offices for mediation". "But as you know, the Indian side considers that this is a bilateral matter to be solved only by Pakistan and India, and the mediation of the United Nations has not been accepted until now," he said according to a UN transcript. Repudiating Pakistan's attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue, India cited the Simla agreement of 1972 signed between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who held the office of Pakistan President at that time binding the two countries to resolve disputes bilaterally. Guterres, who said that he has had "a love affair with the Pakistani people for 17 years", is visiting the country to highlight his agenda on climate change by presenting the floods there as the prime evidence against global warming.

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