UN Secretary-General Guterres urges India and China to 'exercise maximum restraint'

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jun 17, 2020, 09:07 AM(IST)

File photo: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Photograph:( ANI )

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During the violent faceoff, both the sides suffered casualties after the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galway Valley.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged India and China to exercise maximum restraint.

Associate Spokesperson of United Nations secretary-general said on Tuesday that the world body was concerned about reports of violence and deaths at Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China and urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint. 

''We take positive note of reports that two countries have engaged to deescalate the situation,'' he added. 

During the violent faceoff, both the sides suffered casualties after the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galway Valley.

While at least 20 Indians soldiers were killed, 43 casualties have also been reported from the Chinese side, according to ANI.

The face-off took place in Ladakh`s Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India said on Tuesday.

Indian and Chinese troops later disengaged. 

China`s Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri met in Beijing amid de-escalation efforts, sources said earlier in the day.

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