India on Friday said Tawang and other areas of Arunachal Pradesh were its integral parts and will always remain so.
“Tawang and all of Arunachal Pradesh are part of India and will always remain a part of India. I think we have stated this more than once, reiterating it is not necessary...,” Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters here.
He is likely to visit the Buddhist town on Saturday.
China claims that the Buddhist town of Tawang and some other areas of Arunachal Pradesh are part of that country. But India has always rejected these claims.
Chidambaram was supposed to visit Tawang on Thursday but could not do so because of inclement weather.
“I will make another attempt to visit Tawang tomorrow,” Chidambaram, who arrived here this morning from Guwahati, said.
Asked if his visit to Arunachal, which borders Myanmar, had anything to do with the much-speculated operations by the Myanmarese army against Northeast militants in base camps there, he said “everything cannot be discussed in public”.
According to him, violence and militancy in the Northeast had come down.
“We simply have to get more groups to talk to us. The year 2009 was a big success in containing militancy and talks... are going on with some major groups including NSCN-IM.”