India’s Firm No to UN Probe


New Delhi will tackle LoC issue bilaterally with Islamabad: Khurshid

NEW DELHI: Downplaying Islamabad’s suggestion for a United Nations probe into the killing of Indian soldiers on the LoC on January 8, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said New Delhi will tackle the issue bilaterally with Islamabad.

Responding to a question at a press conference here, Khurshid said: “First of all, we will analyse the situation and gradually take steps forward after the atmosphere returns to normal or near normal.”

The suggestions should not be described an offer, I think there were suggestions on how to move forward. We have already said that we believe a bilateral interface is a positive signal,” Khurshid said.

“We have clearly stated our position to Pakistan time by time, entirely based on facts provided by intelligence and security agencies. We have categorically said many times so far that any form of violence is unacceptable,” he added.

Pakistan had suggested a probe by the UN Military Observer Group into the incident of January 8, which caused widespread outrage towards Pakistan by Indians. Agencies

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