Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:15:00 GMT | By IANS

US asks India, Pakistan to cool off and talk

The US has asked India and Pakistan to cool down tensions over ceasefire violations and talk to each other to improve relations


US asks India, Pakistan to cool off and talk (© Reuters)

Washington: The US has asked India and Pakistan to cool down tensions over the killing of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in (LoC) Jammu and Kashmir and talk to each other to improve relations.

"We're urging both sides to take steps to end the violence. We continue to strongly support any efforts to improve relations between the two countries," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Wednesday. "We've also discussed these latest incidents with both governments, urged them to talk to each other, and urged calm," she said in response to a question about the incident.

"We are concerned about reports of violence along the Line of Control in Kashmir. It's our understanding that the governments of India and Pakistan are now talking and trying to work through these issues at a high level," Nuland said. Asked if the US was worried about possible escalation of the incident, the spokesperson said: "Violence is not the answer for either country."

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