UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over reports of violence and death at the Act of Control (LAC) between India and China and urged both sides to exercise "maximum restraint," his spokesman said Tuesday.
A total of 20 Indian army personnel were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday evening, which escalated the already volatile border gap between the two sides, an army statement said on Tuesday.
Eri Kaneko, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary General, spoke at the daily press conference.
"We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths along the India-China Actual Control Line (LAC), and we urge both sides to exercise the utmost restraint. We take positive note of the reports that the two countries are committed have to de-escalate the situation. " Said Kaneko.
Kaneko answered a question about the death of Indian army personnel in a violent fight in the Ladwan-Galwan valley amid escalating tensions in the LAC.
At first, the Indian army said an officer and two soldiers were killed. Later in the night, the army said, 17 other soldiers who were "seriously injured at the site and exposed to sub-zero temperatures at high altitudes had succumbed to their injuries, taking into account the total number of soldiers killed in action up to 20 . "
"Indian and Chinese troops have withdrawn in the Galwan region, where they collided on the night of June 15-16, 2020," it said. "The Indian army is determined to protect the nation's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
China has not released any information about the victims of the People's Liberation Army soldiers during violent clashes in eastern Ladakh.
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