Border dispute is not an "easy issue" to tackle and will take time to resolve: PM

Beijing, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 22 October 2013, 08:22 PM

Border dispute is not an "easy issue" to tackle and will take time to resolve, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He also stressing on the commitment of the Indian and Chinese leadership to maintain peace on the frontiers is an important guarantor for progress.

"This is not at all an easy issue and will take time to resolve," said the Prime Minister, who arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit.

"Boundary question between India and China is complex and sensitive. We have established the Special Representatives (SRs) mechanism to find a political solution to the boundary question," he said.

The two countries are expected to sign the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) to prevent Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during Singh's visit.

The SRs have "worked hard and arrived at the political parameters and guiding principles for a boundary resolution", Singh said while answering a question on the work done so far.

"In the present stage of their negotiations, they are seeking a framework for a boundary resolution. I support the work done by the Special Representatives of the two sides," he added.

Further adding Singh said, "In the meantime, both the governments of India and China are committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas."

"This is an important guarantor and a fundamental basis for further progress and growth in our bilateral ties."

First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 08:17 PM
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