Americans don't know where India's map begins

Americans don't know where India's map begins

U.S. State Department admits error, posts a new map of India on its website

"We made a goof up and we fixed it," said the State Department spokesperson."We made a goof up and we fixed it and we're now back in compliance with our own cartographical policy," state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland admitted to reporters, as she announced the posting of the corrected maps of India on the website of the State Department and its travel-related sections last week.

"What you'll see on the [revised] maps is consistent with what the United States geographic position has been consistently: that there is a dashed line representing the 1972 Line of Control, reflecting Kashmir's unresolved status."

"We neglected to actually label that dotted line in the last round of maps. It has now been labeled," she said.

Previous maps showed portions of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. These were removed by the State Department in November following New Delhi's strong objections.

India, as always, maintains that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country. Islamabad prefers to call it an unresolved dispute. As do the United Nations and the United States.

A "potential terrorism" travel advisory posted by the U.S. State Department on October 13, 2011 is still in effect and is due to expire on January 31.

Sita Wadhwani is CNNGo City Editor in Mumbai.

 

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