UNITED NATIONS, JAN. 22 -- Expressing concern over the increasing severity of the Persian Gulf War, U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar renewed his call for Iraq to indicate its readiness to withdraw from Kuwait, but said he does not favor a cease-fire.

"There are some countries which are trying to obtain a cease-fire or a pause in hostilities, but we have to think first of a withdrawal if we are consistent with the United Nations Security Council resolutions," Perez de Cuellar told reporters. The council has passed 12 resolutions since Aug. 2 opposing Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

In today's statement, the secretary general called on Baghdad to respond positively to his Jan. 15 appeal for Iraq to "signify its readiness" to comply with the resolutions.

"To prevent the toll in death and destruction from escalating any further and the

In a separate talk to reporters, he said he deeply regretted today's Scud missile attack on Tel Aviv, saying there was "no justification," Reuter reported.

The appeals came as informal diplomatic efforts by India and Algeria aimed at securing a pause in hostilities have failed to gain the support of a majority of the council Foreign ministers of some nonaligned nations were to meet today in Belgrade, and an Indian diplomat planned to visit to Jordan, Algeria and Zimbabwe to discuss the war, the Indian Embassy in Washington said in a statement.