Stapled visa issue not a responsible step: Arunachal NGO

A prominent NGO in Arunachal Pradesh Friday said that the stapled visa issued by China to two Arunachalee sportsmen could not be a responsible step by any government.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 16:39 PM IST

Itanagar: A prominent NGO in Arunachal
Pradesh Friday said that the stapled visa issued by China to
two Arunachalee sportsmen which barred them from embarking on
an invitational trip to that country, could not be a
responsible step by any government.

"While both the countries should resolve the issue
diplomatically, our people have the right to travel anywhere
as China has no right to stop our people from entering their
territory," the NGO Arunachal Citizen`s Rights (ACR) said in a
statement here.

"Weightlifter Yukar Sibi and the official Techi
Abraham were made to suffer by our own people and the
government when stapled visas issued by the Chinese Embassy
were not recognized as a valid travel document and they were
not allowed to proceed to China," the NGO chairman Bamang Tago
said in the statement.

"Non-recognition of stapled visas as a valid travel
document cannot be accepted as a responsible step by the
government," Tago said.

"It is the responsibility of the Indian government to
resolve the issue as fast as possible by involving people`s
representatives from Arunachal so as to avoid future conflict
with the people of the state," he said.

"A sealed border is not a solution. The solution lies
in resolving the issue by upholding the rights of the people
of Arunachal. People have suffered for no fault of their own.
Both the countries must respect each other rights."

On repeated Chinese claims on the state, the ACR said
the people have always been supportive of New Delhi`s position
that Arunachal Pradesh was a part of India.

PTI