US State Dept acknowledges `goof up` on India map

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 16:34

Washington: As US State Department on Thursday posted a new map of India reflecting its long standing official position on the country`s geographical boundaries, its spokesman acknowledged of having made a "goof up" in this
regard, which had resulted in a strong objection from New
Delhi.

"We made a goof and we fixed it and we`re now back in
compliance with our own cartographical policy," State
Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her
daily news conference as she announced the posting of the new
and corrected maps of India on the website of the State
Department and its travel related sites.

The previous controversial maps, which showed parts of
Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan, was removed by the
State Department in November after India`s strong objection.

India maintains that the entire State of Jammu and
Kashmir is an integral part of the country.

"I`m thrilled and relieved to tell you that we have now
put the revised maps up on our website," she said.

"What you will see when you look at these maps is that
they reflect the fact that the United States takes no position
on the dispute and urges all the parties to seek a peaceful
resolution to resolving the claims," she said.

"What you`ll see on the maps is consistent with what the
US geographic position has been consistently: that there is a
dashed line representing the 1972 Line of Control, reflecting
Kashmir`s unresolved status," Nuland said.

"We neglected to actually label that dotted line in the
last round of maps. It has now been labeled. The maps also add
our standard disclaimer with regard to Kashmir that says that
names and boundary representations are not necessarily
authoritative. As I said, that reflects the fact that this is
in dispute and the US takes no position on the dispute," she
said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 16:34

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