External Affairs Ministry says status quo not altered at Doka La, any suggestion otherwise 'inaccurate'

The status quo has not been altered at Doka La, where Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a stand-off for over two months last year, the external affairs ministry asserted and strongly rejected any suggestion to the contrary as 'inaccurate and mischievous'.

PTI January 18, 2018 21:40:38 IST
External Affairs Ministry says status quo not altered at Doka La, any suggestion otherwise 'inaccurate'

New Delhi: The status quo has not been altered at Doka La, where Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a stand-off for over two months last year, the external affairs ministry asserted and strongly rejected any suggestion to the contrary as "inaccurate and mischievous".

"Our attention has been drawn to some reports that question the accuracy of the position stated by the government in respect to the situation in Doka La," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

He said that in response to repeated questions about any change in the status quo at the face-off site, the government has stated that there was no basis for such imputations. "Government would once again reiterate that the status quo at the face-off site has not been altered. Any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate and mischievous," he said.

Kumar's remarks come in the wake of media reports about China carrying out some infrastructure development in the disputed region. Indian and Chinese troops had been locked in a stand-off
for over two months last year in the Doka La area near Sikkim before "disengaging" on 28 August.

Kumar also said that it may be recalled that last year, a face-off situation that had arisen in the Doka La region, was "resolved following diplomatic discussions between India and China, based on which both sides arrived at an understanding for the disengagement of their border personnel at the face-off site".

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