India’s top politician has cautioned India for taking Bhutan as granted to deal withthe stand-off with China in Doklam area.
“Indiamust seriously consider ways to diffuse the situation with China and the keylies in our accepting that this issue is between Bhutan and China and leave itto the Bhutanese to handle it,” said former general secretary CPI(M) PrakashKarat.
Inan interview given to ‘The Citizen’, Karat said that New Dehi does not seem tobe understanding the seriousness of the Chinese intentions. He is quoted toheave said that China had spelt this out clearly in its official document andmade it clear that India has no jurisdiction in its view at all. Beijing hasrepeatedly urged New Delhi to withdraw its troops from Doklam, and made itclear that any negotiations can only follow, and not precede this.
Karatsaid that the government was downplaying the issue, and it does seem as if some(China claims only 40 of the 400 Indian soldiers now remain) troops have beenwithdrawn. But clearly this is not enough for Beijing to climb down and thebest way out of this impasse would be for India to move out and allow Bhutan tostep in and negotiate directly with the Chinese about the construction of theroad and related issues.
Bhutancurrently is absent from the picture, having reacted to the Chineseconstruction of the road several days after it had started, under Indianpressure. Since the two month face-off in which relations between Beijing andNew Delhi have dipped alarmingly Bhutan has remained silent with not a word onthe issue that has its two big neighbours almost at war.
Accordingto the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution 3314 adopted on Dec. 14,1974, no consideration of whatsoever nature, whether political, economic,military or otherwise, may serve as a justification for the invasion or attackby the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State.
Tocross a delimited boundary and enter the territory of a neighboring country onthe grounds of so-called “security concerns,” for whatever activities, runscounter to the basic principles of international law and basic norms governinginternational relations.
Asa third party, India has no right to interfere in or impede the boundary talksbetween China and Bhutan, nor does it have the right to make territorial claimson Bhutan’s behalf. India’s intrusion into Chinese territory under the pretextof Bhutan has not only violated China’s territorial sovereignty, but alsochallenged Bhutan’s sovereignty and independence.
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