Arunachal belongs to India alone: Pranab to China

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Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), Nov 10: China is 'fully aware' that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Tawang on Sunday, Nov 9.

Pointing out that India and China are working together to find a 'fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable' solution to the boundary question, he said adding "the Chinese side is fully aware that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India." "China is often making claims on Arunachal Pradesh, but Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in our heart," said Mukherjee who visited the 400-year-old Buddhist monastery in this border town.

"People of Arunachal Pradesh regularly elect two representatives to the Lok Sabha and there is an elected state assembly carrying out the responsibility of administration like any of other 27 states. The question of parting company of Arunachal or any of its part does not arise," he said amidst defeaning cheers.

Mukherjee's rejection of the Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh follows recent declaration of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a visit to the state that Arunachal was 'our land of rising sun'.

Addressing as chief guest at the 8th Buddha Mahotsava, Mukherjee said "both India and China are seeking a peaceful solution to the border dispute. The special representatives of the Prime Ministers of both India and China have completed 12 rounds of talks. There are problems in identification of land between the two countries.


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