Core issue in India-China LAC standoff is to ‘strictly follow’ bilateral border pacts: MEA

By India Today

Responding to a question on a report by a US commission that China had planned the Galwan Valley incident, India on Thursday stressed that the core issue in the ongoing military standoff with China in eastern Ladakh was the need to “strictly” follow various bilateral pacts and protocols in their entirety on maintenance of peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The assertion by External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava came at a media briefing, a day after US Congressional Commission said that the Chinese government had planned the Galwan Valley incident in June, potentially including the possibility of fatalities.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a fierce clash with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army(PLA) in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15. Reports have indicated that the Chinese side too had suffered casualties but it is yet to disclose the number of its casualties.

The violent Galwan clash was the biggest military confrontation in over five decades between India and China and triggered massive escalation of the already volatile border standoff in the region.

When asked about the American Congressional report at a media briefing, MEA Spokesperson Srivastava referred to the press statement issued by India following the telephonic conversation between the foreign ministers of the two countries in the aftermath of the clashes.

“I would stress that the core issue remains that both sides need to strictly follow the various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entirety including the 1993 and 1996 agreement on maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the LAC,” news agency PTI quoted Srivastava as saying.

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