`Attending Nobel Prize ceremony not bilateral issue`

India Thursday said its decision to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony tomorrow at Oslo for Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo was not a bilateral issue between New Delhi and Beijing.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 16:32 PM IST

New Delhi: India Thursday said its decision
to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony tomorrow at Oslo for Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo was not a bilateral issue between New Delhi and Beijing.

"This is not a bilateral question between China and
India. This is a Nobel function arranged by the Nobel
foundation.... I think India has already taken a decision to
be represented as... on earlier occasions through our
Ambassador," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told
reporters.
Although China has called upon all countries,
including India, to keep away from the ceremony, New Delhi is
among those which has confirmed their participation.
While 44 countries have accepted the invitation, 19
countries, including Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Columbia,
Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam and
Afghanistan have for various reasons declined the invitation.

PTI