India on Thursday asked China to respect the agreements reached between Special Representatives (SRs) of the two countries on the boundary dispute even as it reiterated that there was no change in the status quo at Doklam since the two countries ended their military stand-off on 28 August.
“It is important that the understandings between the Special Representatives are scrupulously respected by both sides and that each side projects the position of the other side accurately,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a press briefing.
He was asked for his response to recent statements emanating from Beijing saying China believes that the boundary in Sikkim had been well-defined under the 1890 Sino-British treaty.
The Indian spokesperson said negotiations for the settlement of the boundary question were held between India and China at the level of Special Representatives based on the agreements and understandings reached between them from time to time. The most recent understanding between them was reached in 2012.
On reports that India was pulling its troops further back in the Doklam area, he said, “Status quo prevails there and any statement to the contrary is incorrect.”