Need to strictly follow pacts at heart of LAC standoff: India

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: December 4, 2020 6:57:13 am

An Indian army soldier keeps guard on top of his vehicle as their convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer. (AP Photo)

The core issue in the ongoing military standoff with China in eastern Ladakh is 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 Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said on Thursday.

Srivastava said this at a media briefing in response to a question on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s latest annual report to the US Congress, in which the commission said that the Chinese government had planned the Galwan Valley incident in June, potentially including the possibility for fatalities.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in the clashes on June 15. China is yet to disclose the number of its casualties.

Asked about the report to the US Congress, Srivastava referred to the press statement issued by India following the telephone 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…

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