India to Raise Kailash Route Issue with China
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/06/13; June 13, 2005.]
Leh, June 12 Chennai Online: Observing that there was improvement in Sino-Indian ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India will take up with that country the issue of opening up of the route to Kailash Mansarovar through Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We will make an effort," he told mediapersons at Leh airport when asked whether there was any hope of the Ladakh route opening up to Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
"Our relations with China are improving. We will raise this issue (opening of the route) with them in our talks," he said before winding up his three-day tour of the Ladakh region, during which he visited the Siachen Glacier and addressed troops there.
Singh had said yesterday that India would favour opening up of the Ladakh route for pilgrims as it would reduce the duration of the pilgrimage drastically.
Thousands of Hindu devotees undertake the yatra annually to the religious place in Tibet through a more difficult and longer route via Uttaranchal.
To a question, the Prime Minister said that the Central government would do everything possible to ensure peace and prosperity of the backward Ladakh region.
During the visit to Ladakh, Singh laid the foundation stone for two power projects. (Agencies)
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