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No third-party intervention in Indo-Pak relations: CPM to China

Source: PTI
November 21, 2009 23:02 IST
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The Indian communist parties have held discussions with their Chinese counterparts in New Delhi, but maintained there was "absolutely no scope or need" for third-party intervention in Indo-Pak relations, as recently stated by Washington and Beijing.

The talks between the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India -Marxist with Chinese Communist Party leaders were held on the sidelines of the ongoing 11th International Meeting of Communists and Workers Parties in New Delhi.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said, "There is absolutely no scope or need for any third-party intervention in India's bilateral relations with Pakistan."

Asked whether the recent US-China joint statement on the issue came up during their talks, he said the Chinese side told them that until a country sought its help, it would not intervene.

The visiting delegation maintained that Beijing does not interfere, nor does it give an opinion on such matters, the CPI-M leader said, adding that the Indian parties also made it clear that contentious issues between India and Pakistan would be resolved only bilaterally.

Soon after the joint statement of US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Yechury had said that these two countries could decide whatever they wanted on their bilateral ties, "but it should not involve us. Indo-Pak relations are bilateral relations and there should be no third-party interference".
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