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India, China talks on boundary issue end
April 23, 2007 11:07 IST
Last Updated: April 23, 2007 22:28 IST
India and China concluded tenth round of high level talks on boundary question and agreed to hold further parleys to find an amicable and mutually-beneficial resolution to the decades-old dispute.
"The talks were held in an open, friendly, cooperative and constructive atmosphere," a statement issued by the external affairs ministry said in New Delhi on Monday at the conclusion of three-day discussions between special representatives.
The two special representatives held their discussions on a framework for the boundary settlement on the basis of the Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles reached in 2005, the statement said.
Both sides agreed to hold the next round of talks between special representatives in China at a mutually-convenient time, which will be decided through diplomatic channels, it said.
Leaderships of the two countries have been pushing their special representatives to find an early resolution of the issue as it would serve basic interests of the two neighbours.
After their meeting in Philippines in January on the sidelines of ASEAN-India Summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had said the special representatives should hold the talks with 'greater vigour and innovativeness.'