Bhutan welcomes end of Doka La stand-off

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Aug 2017 09:04:31



BHUTAN on Tuesday welcomed the end of the 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doka La and hoped it would help in ensuring peace and tranquillity at the tri-junction.

“Bhutan welcomes the disengagement by the two sides at the face-off site in the Doka La area,” the Bhutanese Foreign Ministry said. In a major diplomatic breakthrough to end the prolonged standoff between their troops, India and China yesterday disengaged their border personnel at Doka La.

“We hope this contributes to the maintenance of peace and tranquility and status quo along the borders of Bhutan, China and India in keeping with the existing agreements between the respective countries,” the Bhutanese Foreign Ministry said.
Troops of the two countries had been locked in a standoff in Doka La since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the disputed area. India had deployed about 350 Army personnel in the area. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doka La, a strategically key area at the Bhutan-India-China trijunction in the Sikkim sector.

Learn from Doka La standoff: PLA tells India: CHINA’S People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has asked India to ‘draw lessons’ from the over 70-day Doka La standoff, which was defused after both sides decided to withdraw their Armies from the face-off point on Monday.
Wu Qian, a senior PLA colonel, in a statement said: “The Chinese military will remain vigilant and firmly defend its national territory and sovereignty..”

“Peace and stability along the China-India border concerns regional peace and stability and accords with the common interests of people on both sides of the border,” a statement quoted Wu as saying. “We remind India to draw lessons from the standoff, abide by established treaties and the basic principles of international law, and work together with China to safeguard peace and stability along the border and promote the healthy development of the two militaries,” Wu added.