UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday reiterated his call on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve their differences through dialogue in the wake of reports that their NSAs meeting was in jeopardy.

Replying to questions at a briefing, UN Associate Spokesperson Eri Kaneko said that UN chief would urge both sides to stick to the dialogue process in the interest of their peoples.

She recalled Ban’s statement issued earlier this week that expressed his “serious concern” about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control, and called both countries to address their differences through dialogue.

Kaneko said the UN chief was “seriously concerned” over the reports, especially of civilian casualties, and he would urge both governments to exercise maximum restraint and to take steps to ensure protection of civilians.