Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 16
India on Thursday stated the disengagement course of presently underway within the India-China border areas in jap Ladakh is particularly geared toward addressing face-off conditions and close-up deployments of troops.
This is the understanding between senior navy commanders with each side having agreed to re-deploy in direction of their common posts on their respective sides of the LAC, stated the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) after a marathon 15-hour of talks on Wednesday.
The MEA additionally sought to dispel the impression that the “mutual re-deployment” has led to a change within the pre-April state of affairs. “These are mutually agreed reciprocal actions to be taken by both sides. And as I have already conveyed, it is an ongoing process. This should not be misrepresented. There is absolutely no change with respect to India’s position on the LAC,” stated the MEA spokesperson.
“We are fully committed to observing and respecting the LAC. Any unilateral attempts to change the status quo along the LAC are not acceptable,” he added.
India and China have been engaged in discussions by established diplomatic and navy channels to handle the state of affairs alongside the LAC. The course of was given an impetus by two hours of talks between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor-cum- Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on July 5.
This was adopted by a gathering of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on July 10.
Srivastava stated in these conferences, the 2 sides have agreed on full disengagement of the troops alongside the LAC for full restoration of peace and tranquillity within the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols. It was on this context that the Indian and Chinese Senior Army Commanders held their fourth assembly at Chushul on July 14 at which they reviewed the progress of the disengagement course of and likewise mentioned additional steps to finish it on the earliest.
While asking to keep away from unsubstantiated and inaccurate experiences on the advanced means of disengagement alongside the LAC, the MEA stated each side remained dedicated to the target of full disengagement by persevering with with their diplomatic and navy engagements.