India on Thursday firmly asserted that the situation witnessed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh over the past four months is a direct result of actions taken by China aimed at effecting unilateral change in the status quo of the region.
Addressing a press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that India is committed to resolving all issues through dialogue, noting the way ahead to address the issue is negotiations.
“It is clear that the situation we witness over the past four months is a direct result of the actions taken by the Chinese side that sought to effect a unilateral change of status quo. These actions resulted in violation of the bilateral agreements and protocol which ensured peace and tranquillity in the border areas for close to three decades,” he said.
He also said, “I can say that the ground commanders are still holding discussions to resolve the situation. We reiterate the consensus reached between the two Foreign Ministers and SRs that the situation in the border should be handled in a responsible manner and either side should not take any provocative action or escalate matters.”