Eastern Ladakh: India, China agree to maintain stability on ground

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NEW DELHI, April 10 (PTI): India and China in their 11th round of military talks, have agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground, and avoid any new incidents in Eastern Ladakh.

A day after the talks, the Indian Army on Saturday said that the two sides agreed on the need to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols.

“The two sides had a detailed exchange of views for the resolution of the remaining issues related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh,” it said.

In this context, the Army said that it was also highlighted that the completion of disengagement in other areas would pave the way for the two sides to consider de-escalation of forces and ensure full restoration of peace and tranquillity and enable progress in bilateral relations.

“The two sides agreed that it was important to take guidance from the consensus of their leaders, continue their communication and dialogue and work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest,” it added.

“They also agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground, avoid any new incidents and maintain peace in the border areas,” the statement said.

The 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks took place at the Chushul border point on the Indian side of the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. The parleys began at around 10:30 AM and ended at 11:30 PM.

The border standoff between the armies of India and China erupted on May 5 last year following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas in Eastern Ladakh and both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers along with heavy weaponry.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong lake in February in line with an agreement on disengagement.

India has been insisting that a resolution of outstanding issues including in Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra is essential for overall ties between the two countries.

 

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