UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over reports of violence and deaths at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China and urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint,” his spokesperson said on Tuesday.
A total of 20 Indian Army personnel have died during a violent clash in Galwan Valley, escalating the already volatile border standoff between the two sides, an Army statement said on Tuesday.
Eri Kaneko, the Associate Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, made the comments at the daily press briefing.
“We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China and urge both sides to exercise maximum restraint. We take positive note of reports that the two countries have engaged to deescalate the situation,” Kaneko said.
Kaneko was responding to a question on the death of Indian Army personnel in a violent face-off in Ladakh amid escalating tensions at the LAC.
Initially, the Indian Army said one officer and two soldiers were killed. Later in the night, an Army statement said 17 more soldiers have lost to their live, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.
China has not released any information on the casualties suffered by the People’s Liberation Army soldiers during the violent face-off in eastern Ladakh.