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Suo Moto statement in the Parliament by Yashwant Sinha, External Affairs Minister, on the launch of military operations by Bhutan against Indian terrorist groups

The External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha, made a statement in the Parliament on December 15, 2003, after the Bhutanese Government launched military operations against Indian terrorist groups operating from camps in that country. Following is the full text of the statement:


Mr. Chairman,


We have been informed by the Royal Government of Bhutan that they have launched today military action against Indian insurgent groups operating from camps in that country. Government of India strongly supports this action of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

His Majesty the King of Bhutan had telephonically informed the Prime Minister of the impending action on Saturday, 13th December.

Prime Minister has conveyed to His Majesty the King that the Government and people of India stand firmly and solidly behind the Royal Government of Bhutan at this critical juncture and would provide all necessary support as requested, till the task is completed.

The Indian Army is also taking necessary measures to intercept movement of militants from Bhutan into India.

Government of India has advised the State Governments of Assam and West Bengal to remain alert to deal with the situation arising out of this action, including sealing the borders and maintaining peace.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has always assured the Government of India that it will not allow its territory to be used for activities inimical to India's interest. The launch of operations against Indian insurgent groups in Bhutan has struck a blow against terrorism and terrorist activities in our entire region.

The action against Indian insurgent groups in Bhutan would prevent further loss of innocent lives by the mindless acts of violence perpetrated by these terrorists. It will promote peace, stability and security in the region and further cement the strong friendship and cooperation between India and Bhutan.

Source: Official Website of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India





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