US asks India, Pakistan to end violence, resume dialogue

Washington, Jan 11 (IANS) Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the US reiterated its support for their continued high-level dialogue and urged them to work through the issues and end the violence.

Again voicing Washington's "concerns about this violence along the Line of Control", State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday: "We've made representations to both governments urging them to work together to determine the best course of action."

"We strongly support their continued high-level dialogue that they are engaged in. That is the best way to work through these issues and end the violence and move back to where we had been," she said.

Nuland noted that India and Pakistan had earlier seen "a warming, certainly on the economic side, which we hoped would lead to a warming on other sides as well."

In response to a suggestion that people on both sides were for peace, but the governments were playing politics, the spokesperson said: "I think we're all for peace, and what's important is that the governments are talking."

Tensions between the two South Asian neighbours have been rising since the killing of two Indian soldiers along the LoC earlier this week.