'India does not want to accentuate situation' on Chinese incursions, says Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Apr. 27 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said India does not want to accentuate the situation in the wake of the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh.

"We do have a plan. We do not want to accentuate the situation. We do believe that it is possible to resolve this problem," said Dr. Singh, when asked if the Centre had any plans to resolve the issue.

" It is a localised problem. The talks are going on," he added, while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the defence investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony yesterday said that negotiations and consultations are on at various levels to find a peaceful solution to the Chinese incursion issue in Ladakh.

"Negotiations and consultations are going on at various levels to find out a peaceful solution to Chinese incursion issue," he told mediapersons outside the Parliament in New Delhi.

Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, had earlier briefed the Defence Minister on the Chinese incursion in Ladakh and the situation along the border.

General Singh had reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control with Pakistan and the Chinese incursions in Ladakh with military commanders in the Northern Command.

The Indian Army has given its inputs to the Government and the National Security Advisor headed China Study Group, which is handling the present situation in Ladakh.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who is expected to go ahead with his scheduled visit to China on May 9, has expressed confidence that New Delhi and Beijing will be able to resolve the situation.

Apparently taking a tough stance on the reported presence of Chinese troops ten kilometers inside Indian territory in the Ladakh region, India had earlier on Tuesday asked China to maintain the status-quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said during his regular briefing that 'New Delhi sees this as a face-to-face situation between border personnel of the two sides due to differences in their perception of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control'.

"We have therefore asked the Chinese side to maintain status-quo in this sector and by status-quo I mean status-quo prior to this incident. The term face-to-face situation is not something that we have conjured up; it is something that is referred to under 205 protocol for the implementation of CBMs in the military field along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China border areas," he added.

On April 15, a Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post, setting the stage for a face-off with Indian troops.

Daulat Beg Oldi, which is located in northernmost Ladakh, is a historic camp site. It is located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China. (ANI)


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