US confident of peaceful settlement of Arunachal issue
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 21:42
Kolkata: The United States on wednesday termed China's claim on Arunachal Pradesh as a bilateral issue with India and expressed confidence that the two countries would peacefully resolve the matter.

"The issue between India and China is a bilateral issue. The US is confident that they will peacefully resolve this issue," US Ambassador Timothy Roemer told reporters here.

Stating that the US respected elections and their outcome, he said, "we saw the people of India turning out in thousands at polling places yesterday. We respect the outcome of those elections and we look forward to working with the leaders that the region elects."

Asked whether the US had any plan to include the CPI (Maoist) in its list of terrorist organisations, Roemer evaded a direct reply saying, "the US will continue to work with India on the overall threat posed by a host of groups throughout the world."

India and the US had a common enemy in Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and was "working in unprecedented ways to take on that threat", Roemer said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 21:42

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