Ladakh: Antony says will safeguard interests

The current situation is not one of our creations: Antony

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 1, 2013 2:16:33 am

Asserting that the current face to face border situation with China in Eastern Ladakh is not India’s creation,Defence Minister A K Antony has said that New Delhi is committed to a peaceful resolution of the issue,but will also take every possible step to safeguard its interests.

In his first detailed remarks on the border situation since April 15 when Chinese troops set up a temporary camp on the Depsang plains in Ladakh,the Defence Ministry spoke on the matter with top military leaders at the Unified Commanders Conference,emphasising that the nation is ‘unanimous’ in its commitment to go to any level to resolve the situation.

“The current situation is not one of our creations. However,we remain committed to a peaceful resolution of the situation,through military and diplomatic dialogue within the framework of the agreements for maintaining peace and tranquility,” Antony said,hours before he met the three service chiefs and national security adviser to review the situation in Ladakh.

Antony told top military commanders that all options are available with the government to tackle the matter,though it is committed to a peaceful resolution.

“I wish to emphasise that there should not be any doubt that the country remains unanimous in its commitment to take every possible step,at all levels,to safeguard our interests,” he said.

While in the past,India has been maintaining that the situation would be resolved through dialogue,this is the first time that the minister has said that ‘every possible step’ would be taken if the situation demands.

Antony said that bilateral relations with China have been bedeviled by border issues at times and the recent development in Ladakh is not an exception. He said that India is boosting infrastructure along the border to generate capability.

“Among the various initiatives to safeguard our border,the thrust has been on development of our border roads and Advance Landing Grounds,” he said,

using the address to express concern on the increasing capability of the Pakistani Taliban to ‘strike at will’.

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