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Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
01-December-2005 18:38 IST
Framework to resolve Indo-China Border dispute

Rajya Sabha

The Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri E.Ahmed told the Rajya Sabha today that both India and China have expressed the conviction that an early settlement of the boundary question will advance the basic interests of the two countries and should, therefore, be pursued as a strategic objective.

The Minister said that based on the first five rounds of talks between the Special Representatives of India and China on the boundary question, both sides signed the “Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for Settlement of India-China Boundary Question” on April 11, 2005 during the visit of the Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao to India. The sixth round of talks between the Special Representatives was held in Beijing from September 26 to September 28, 2005, which marked the beginning of the second phase of negotiations. In the second phase of negotiations, the two Special Representatives are mandated to work out an agreed framework for a boundary settlement on the basis of the aforementioned Agreement. Such an agreed framework will provide the basis for the delineation and demarcation of the India-China boundary to be subsequently undertaken by civil and military officials and surveyors of the two sides.

The Minister added that no timeframe has been fixed for the final settlement of the boundary question.

This information was given by Shri E. Ahamed in reply to a question by Shri Gireesh Kumar Sanghi & Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy.