China bars KMY pilgrims, MEA takes up issue with Beijing
Source :News Bharati English   Date :25-Jun-2017

Gangtok, June 25: The Indian External Affairs Ministry has taken up the issue of not allowing entry to some 50 Indian pilgrims to Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra (KMY) through the Nathu La pass by China with Beijing.

It may be mentioned that China had refused entry to some 50 Indian pilgrims to Kailash and Mansarovar through the land route from Nathu La in Sikkim.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said some difficulties are being experienced in the movement of pilgrims through Nathu La.

“Yes, there are some difficulties being experienced in movement of KMY (Kailash Mansarovar Yatra) Yatris via Nathu La. Matter is being discussed with Chinese side,” he said replying to a query on the matter.

The development comes amid tensions in bilateral ties between the two countries over a host of issues including the CPEC and India’s NSG bid.

Sources said 47 yatris and the liaison officer were stopped as roads in the Chinese side have been washed away by landslides triggered by continuous rainfall.

The Indian pilgrims were informed that they would be allowed to enter China when the weather and the road conditions improve.

The yatris returned to Gangtok on Saturday. The first batch of 47 yatris had arrived in Gangtok on June 15. The Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation is the nodal authority for conducting the annual yatra through Nathu La.

Hundreds of Indian pilgrims undertake Kailash Mansarovar yatra in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China every year negotiating the mountainous terrain.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakh capital Astana.

In the meeting Modi had said the two sides should tap their potential in cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs, respect each other’s core concerns and appropriately handle their disputes.