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India, China delegations at Kumarakom

Published: Sunday, March 12, 2006
Kumarakom (Kerala), March 12: Holding that India-China border dispute talks were moving forward in the right direction, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan today said that the delineation issue could be settled after the next two to three rounds.

"The two countries are working to evolve a methodology for the settlement of the dispute, based on parameters and guiding principles agreed to between the two governments earlier," Narayanan told journalists after a round of talks with the Chinese delegation at the Kumarakom lake resort in Kerala’s Kottayam district here.

"Our effort is to extricate talks from the logjam. I will be dishonest if I say that it will be settled in this round," Narayanan said after talks with Chinese delegation led by China’s Executive Vice-Foreign Minister, Dai Bingguo.

On the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, Dai Bingguo said, "we have taken note of it, but we have primarily come here for border talks and that is our agenda."

The seventh round of India-China talks began in Delhi yesterday and the scene was shifted to the picturesque spot here for two days.

The delegations arrived by a special Indian Airline flight at Kochi and drove here. (Agencies)