‘China must re­spect bor­der pact’

‘Un­der­stand­ing for set­tle­ment of the bound­ary question must be ‘scrupu­lously’ re­spected

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT NEW DELHI, OCT. 12

In a veiled but clear mes­sage to China that the bound­ary in the Sikkim sec­tor was not yet fi­nalised, In­dia on Thurs­day said it was im­por­tant that the un­der­stand­ing reached be­tween the In­dian and Chi­nese spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives (SRs) for the set­tle­ment of the bound­ary question was “scrupu­lously” re­spected by both sides and that each side pro­jected the po­si­tion of the other ac­cu­rately. The

as­ser­tion came in re­sponse to a query on the Chi­nese for­eign min­istry’s re­ported state­ment, ac­cord­ing to news agency re­ports, that claimed that Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dia bor­der has been de­mar­cated as per the 1890 treaty be­tween China and Bri­tish In­dia. The Chi­nese claim was made on Sun­day, a day af­ter de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post in Sikkim. Bei­jing has been claim­ing that the Chi­naIn­dia bound­ary in the Sikkim Sec­tor has al­ready been de­lim­ited.

“We have seen...The re­ports and the com­ments. Ne­go­ti­a­tions for the set­tle­ment of the In­dia-China bound­ary question are held at the level of spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two coun­tries, based on agree­ments and un­der­stand­ings reached be­tween them from time to time,” the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs spokesper­son said on Thurs­day evening. “The most re­cent com­mon un­der­stand­ing be­tween the spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives was reached in 2012. It is im­por­tant that these un­der­stand­ings are scrupu­lously re­spected by both sides,” he as­serted.

Ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj had ear­lier told Par­lia­ment, “With re­gard to the bound­ary in the Sikkim sec­tor there are still steps to be cov­ered be­fore the bound­ary is fi­nalised.”

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