Parleys on to resolve issue amicably: Antony

India To Rush Reinforcements To Border

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi/Bangalore, Apr 24: India Wednesday said negotiations are in progress at “various levels” to resolve the incursion issue with China peacefully.
“Negotiations are going on at various levels to resolve the issue peacefully,” Defence Minister AK Antony told reporters in Bangalore.
“Our government will take every step to protect the national integrity and security”, he said, when asked about the issue. India yesterday asked China to revert to the status quo position in Depsang Valley in Ladakh where troops of both countries were in a face-to-face situation after Chinese forces intruded nearly 10 kms inside Indian territory.
“We have asked the Chinese side to maintain the status quo in this sector (of the western border),” official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin had said, adding, “by this I mean the status quo prior to this incident.”
He had also added that “we see this as a face-to-face situation between border personnel of two sides due to differences on their alignment of Line of Actual Control”.
The term "face-to-face" is not something that India has "conjured up", it is something that is referred to in 2005 Protocol for implementation of CBMs in military field in the LAC in India-China border areas, he had said.
INDIA TO SEND REINFORCEMENTS TO BORDER
Meanwhile, against the backdrop of China strengthening its capability to airlift soldiers, India is planning to raise around 1,500 more airborne troops for deployment in the northeast along the China border.
Under the 12th Defence Plan, India is planning to raise two new battalions of the airborne troops with around 1,500 personnel under the elite Parachute Regiment of the Army, Defence Ministry sources told PTI here.
The new raisings would be apparently used to check any move by any adversary to airdrop their troops within Indian territory and capture that area, they said.
The new units would also be used for the conventional roles in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in that area and would also be capable of being dropped behind enemy lines in case of any future war, they said.
Recently, the Army raised the 11 Para (SF) that is being deployed under the Tezpur-based 4 Corps and 3 Corps in Dimapur which are two of the Army's main formations looking after the border with China in the northeast.
The Parachute Regiment has 10 units under it of which eight are Special Forces units while the rest are Para Commando units with capability of launching airborne operations.
Seven among them have already been trained and classified as Special Forces, which are supposed to carry out counter- insurgency operations during peacetime and sabotage enemy installations beyond enemy lines during wars.
They are deployed in different sectors of the country and have also been given the responsibility to handle 26/11 type attacks near their area of deployment.
China in the recent past has significantly enhanced its capability to launch airborne operations and according to some reports, can air-lift more than 3,500 soldiers for operational deployment in one go.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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