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No compromise with China on country's territorial interests, NSA Ajit Doval says

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: October 22, 2014
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-compromise-with-China-on-countrys-territorial-interests-NSA-Ajit-Doval-says/articleshow/44904022.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOI

NSA Ajit Doval on Tuesday said that while India was going to use any opportunity to develop relations with "very important" neighbour China, it would not compromise on its territorial interests and sovereignty.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference here, Doval said India had found space for economic cooperation with China despite "some bad experience" in 1962. "I would like to develop our relations to such an extent till the time our territorial and integral sovereignty ... we would not able to compromise on it. We should sit together and resolve our boundary dispute amicably," said Doval, adding that China was a very important neighbour with which India had had good relations for centuries.

Doval also spoke about Pakistan saying that India would like to address all outstanding issues with the neighbouring country through dialogue and at the same time ensure that an "effective deterrence" is in place for terror emerging from that country.

"We would like to resolve our problems through negotiations, through talks. I don't think of any problem that cannot be resolved through negotiations," he said. "But on the other hand, India would like to have an effective deterrence to deal with terrorism," Doval said.

Both countries lost a number of civilians in the recent ceasefire violations across LoC and international border which witnessed heavy cross-firing by both sides.

Talking about the problem of terrorism, the NSA pushed for early fructification of the long-pending UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), which, he said, is being stalled by countries like Pakistan.

"On international front, nothing has happened except conferences. UN resolution is pending. We don't have UN Convention of Terrorism," he said, adding "People could not define terrorism. Pakistan said 'freedom fighers' should not be treated as terrorists."

Questioning why there cannot be a UN convention on terrorism, he said such a measure would make states more responsible as to what actions a state has to take and how there can be a collective response to it.

"Can we think of extradition laws that that can help us in the process? It is a fast-moving pattern and action should be taken in 24 to 48 hours. Otherwise it will not serve any purpose," he said.

He referred to the 9/11 attack in the US and said that 13 years on, a lot has happened on the domestic front in various countries to deal with terrorism and threats, but nothing has worked substantially at the international level.

"We are moving into fourth generation warfare. The new channels of conflicts need quick responses. This is like a hit and run case. We are trying, we are succeeding and are failing, The same method, same tactics work, but most of the time it does not. It does not matter what happens to you. It is more important how the response has been," he said.
 
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