Chinese incursion a localised problem, we have plan to resolve issue: PM

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Asserting that the government has a plan to resolve the "face-to-face" situation between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that the issue was a "localised problem" and talks were on to resolve it.

In his first reaction on the standoff that started on April 15 after Chinese troops set up a temporary camp 19 km inside India's side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the PM took a cautionary line, and said India did not want to escalate the issue.

"We do have a plan (to resolve the matter). We do not want to accentuate the situation," the PM said in reply to a question on how the situation would be sorted out. He added that "we do believe that it is possible to resolve this problem."

Reiterating the stand of the Army and MEA that the current situation was a local issue and should not be seen as a larger problem, the PM said, "It is a localised problem. I think talks are on." However, he did not elaborate on what measures were being taken to end the face-off.

The defence ministry has also instructed the Army to treat the situation in Depsang as a local issue, and has said the matter should not be escalated with additional deployments, while diplomatic channels are being pursued to resolve the issue. While a detachment of the Ladakh Scouts has set up camp near the Chinese tents that came up on April 15, there has been no escalatory move yet to outflank or "dominate" the Chinese soldiers.

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