ITANAGAR, Jan 18 � Inclusion of a representative from Arunachal Pradesh in high-level Sino-Indian border talks has been demanded by a Congress MP from the State.
�Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister or his representative should participate in the Sino-Indian border talks and let China know that there would be no compromise on the issue of Arunachal,� Takam Sanjoy, a Lok Sabha MP, told media persons here last night.
Sanjoy, the lone representative from the Northeast in the Parliamentary Standing Committee of External Affairs, said he had made vociferous demands during the meeting of the committee on January 13 where the Arunachal issue dominated. The meeting was attended by officials of the External Affairs Ministry, including Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai. He said, he had said in the meeting that issues related to Arunachal Pradesh are lingering due to �lack of coordination� between the External Affairs, Defence and Union Home Ministries.
China, he told the meeting, had stalled the Rs 396-crore Asian Development Bank and Rs 1,713 crore World Bank loans for developing Itanagar and Sikkim as part of its political strategy to stall the economic progress of the State.
He said he had also urged the Centre to resolve with China the long-pending issue of stapled visa and that the young people of the State should be prevented from joining rebel outfits. � PTI