UNITED NATIONS So intense is Indian pressure that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seems to be unwilling to take any step to address the festering dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, which is on the agenda of the Security Council. At his press conference Wednesday, the UN chiefs attention was drawn to the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and asked whether he was prepared to offer his good-offices to resolve the decades-old dispute since bilateral efforts have failed. Ban said he could only use his good offices when both parties - India and Pakistan - agreed to such a course. Pakistan has always welcomed United Nations involvement in the decades-old Kashmir dispute, but India resists any third party intervention on the plea that it is an internal matter. But Ban has not even publicly offered his help to the parties deal with the Kashmir dispute. The UN chief again called for an immediate end to violence and restraint and regretted the latest loss of life in the Occupied Kashmir. More than 110 Kashmiris have been killed by Indian security forces as large parts of the disputed state remain under curfew. Last week, representatives of India and Pakistan had a verbal duel in the UN General Assembly after Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna accused Pakistan of being behind the current unrest in Kashmir. Pakistan rejected Indias allegation, urging New Delhi to stop its state-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and grant the Kashmiri people their UN-mandated right to self-determination. Earlier, Krishna backed out of holding a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi after the Pakistani leader said the talks should be made meaningful by including the festering dispute over Kashmir on the agenda.