Talks Should Resolve Row Can’t Guarantee
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inspected Pika machine gun in Leh’s Stakna. CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen Naravane were also present. The visit comes in wake of the border row with China. The trio also witnessed para dropping exercise of the armed forces. Rajnath Singh is on a day-long visit to Ladakh. The Defence Minister will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
India-China talks should resolve the border dispute, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said this afternoon as he interacted with the troops in Ladakh, adding the extent of the success, however, “cannot be guaranteed”. The Defence Minister landed in Ladakh this morning, over a month after the June 15 clash with China in which 20 soldiers were killed in the line of duty.
“Whatever talks have happened so far, the matter should get resolved… but to what extent it would be resolved, I cannot guarantee. However, I want to assure you that not an inch of our land can be taken by any power in the world,” Rajnath Singh told the troops as he visited the Lukung post near Pangong Lake.
The Lukung post is in the northwestern side of lake, 43 km by road from the Finger 4 area, where the troops of India and China are in the process of disengagement. Lukung is a combined post, where the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police are stationed.