UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has “always been supportive” of any direct dialogue between India and Pakistan, his spokesman has said.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric was responding to a question at the regular whether the UN chief would be willing to persuade India to have talks with Pakistan over Kashmir in the remaining months of his tenure.

“I think, throughout his tenure, the Secretary-General has always been supportive of any direct dialogue between Pakistan and India,” he said.

Over the years, Ban, whose tenure as UN Secretary-General ends this year, has offered his good offices to help resolve the conflict between India and Pakistan on the condition that both sides must agree to his mediation.