Indian Army Demands Complete Withdrawal Of Chinese PLA Troops From Ladakh's Pangong Tso, Depsang During Military-Level Talks
Military delegates of India and China held deliberations stretching for nearly 15 hours on the disengagement and de-escalation of troops and materials on their borders in eastern Ladakh, during which the Indian side asked PLA troops to completely withdraw from Pangong Lake and Depsang area.
The talks started at 11.30 am on Tuesday (14 July) and ended only at 2 am on Wednesday (15 July).
Both the countries are locked in a 10-week-long stand-off at multiple points, hitherto unprecedented, along the border in Ladakh.
Before the parleys started, India's main aim was to get the Chinese People's Liberation Army remove its tanks, artillery and additional forces at Pangong Lake and Depsang areas.
The latest meeting between 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin took place on the lines of the one held at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point in eastern Ladakh on 6 June.
It is the fourth meeting between the delegates. The third meeting between the two sides continued for almost 12 hours wherein India put out a strong message that PLA troops had not abided by the disengagement consensus.
Both the countries are engaged in military and diplomatic deliberation to de-escalate the tense situation in the border areas.
On Friday (10 July), a diplomatic meeting took place between both the countries delegates. The meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) was held on 10 July.
The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs, while the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Chinese delegation.
The two sides recalled the agreement reached between the two foreign ministers on 17 June as well as the agreement between two Special Representatives during their telephonic conversation on 5 July, and reaffirmed that both sides will ensure complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols.
They also agreed that for the overall development of bilateral relations it was essential to maintain enduring peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
The two sides also agreed to maintain the ongoing communication both at the diplomatic and military levels to ensure early resolution of the situation.
As many as 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed on 15 June in a clash in the Galwan Valley.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
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