NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday he has agreed with his Chinese counterpart to make a new push to settle a long-running border row, pledging his commitment to “peace and tranquility.”
“We agreed that our special representatives will meet soon to continue discussions seeking an early agreement on a framework for a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable boundary settlement,” Singh said after talks with visiting Premier Li Keqiang.
“Peace and tranquility on our border has to be preserved,” Singh said at a news conference in New Delhi.
Li’s visit comes after a flareup last month in a long-running border dispute between the two countries in a remote Himalayan region.
New Delhi accused Chinese troops of intruding nearly 20 km into Indian-claimed territory, triggering a three-week standoff that was resolved when troops from both sides pulled back.
The Line of Actual Control between the nuclear-armed neighbors has never been formally demarcated, although they have signed accords to maintain peace in the region that was the site of a brief Indo-Chinese war in 1962.
Li said the border dispute is a historical hangover and that there is a desire on both sides to resolve it. “We have established the principles for settling the question,” he added.