Generals engaged on pullback timeline

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14

A month after the lethal conflict on the Galwan valley, India and China on Tuesday commenced the method of setting a timeline for either side to de-escalate from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Lieutenant General-level commanders of either side had a marathon assembly which commenced at 11.30 am at Chushul and was on until 9 pm.

Details of what was agreed upon on the assembly weren’t recognized instantly. The assembly level, Chushul, is a few 200 km south-east of Leh, the headquarters of the Army’s 14 Corps.

Sources mentioned there was no quick-fix treatment for this proposed de-escalation. The assembly at present is the second stage of the three-step course of that has been agreed to either side for restoring peace alongside the 826 km LAC in Ladakh. There could possibly be a number of conferences earlier than a consensus is reached on a timeline. This was the fourth such assembly. The Indian Army was represented by Leh-based 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh. His Chinese counterpart was Maj Gen Lin Liu, Commander of the South Xinjiang Military Division of the People’s Liberation Army.

The de-escalation timeline will draw up a graded, gradual and mutual withdrawal from the current positions. The two commanders will ship again a report back to their respective headquarters, which is able to examine the timeline and okay it for implementation.

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