No Pressure From China To Stop Work At Border: Omar1 July 2011
Times of India
Jammu: Ruling out Chinese pressure to stop development work along Sino-India border in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that government is doing whatever is necessary to ensure such work does not become a hostage to diplomacy between the two countries. 'Please understand that there is no Chinese pressure (with regard to stopping of development work along Sino-India border in Ladakh)', Omar told reporters on the sideline of a function of laying of foundation stone of Rs the 113-crore new legislative complex here. The chief minister was replying to a volley of questions about halting of development work by the state government along Sino-India border in Ladakh and the letter written by the Union home ministry not to carry out work without the permission of the defence ministry. The chief minister said 'whatever necessary is to be done to ensure that development does not become a hostage to any sort of diplomatic activity'. 'There are certain areas where, historically, we have not been able to demarcate the actual border, as a result of which from time to time certain issues arise which have to be diplomatically addressed', Omar said. 'That having been said, there is a proper consultative mechanism that is in place between the government of India and the government of Peoples Republic of China', he said.