Indian troops fully familiar with alignment of LAC in India-China border areas, says MEA Spokesperson
IndiaExternal Affairs Ministry today said that any suggestion that Indian troops had undertaken activity across the LAC in the Western Sector or the Sikkim sector is not accurate. In a virtual briefing, Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the Line of Actual Control in the India-China border areas and abide by it scrupulously.
He stressed that all Indian activities are entirely on the Indian side of the LAC. He said that in fact, it is Chinese side that has recently undertaken activity hindering India’s normal patrolling patterns. Indian side has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management. At the same time, India is deeply committed to ensuring country’s sovereignty and security.
The Indian troops strictly follow the procedures laid down in various bilateral agreements and protocols to resolve any situations which may arise due to difference in perception of LAC. Mr Srivastava said the two sides have established mechanisms to resolve such situations peacefully through dialogue. Both sides remain engaged with each other to address any immediate issues.
The spokesperson said that in accordance with the consensus reached in Chennai, Indian side remains firmly committed to work for the common objective of maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas. He said this is an essential prerequisite to the further development of Indian-China bilateral relations.