New Delhi: Reiterating the commitment of the government to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that India will not accept any attempt to change the status quo at Line of Actual Control (LAC) which acts as border with China.
Making a statement in the Lok Sabha on “Development on our border in Ladakh’, Mr Singh said that in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Moscow earlier this month he had clearly stated that “while our troops had always taken a responsible approach towards border management, but at the same time there should be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.’
Recalling the June 15 violent face off with Chinese troops, he said the incident in Galwan valley saw supreme sacrifices being made by our brave soldiers who also inflicted heavy losses on the Chinese. There should be no doubt on India’s determination in keeping the border areas safe, he said that India wanted a resolution through peaceful means and dialogue.
“We want peaceful resolution to the standoff. There are three key principles — to respect the LAC, not change the status quo and all agreements and understandings should be respected,’ he said.