NEW DELHI: In a first after the first round of
area, foreign minister
had his first conversation with his Chinese counterpart,
on Thursday afternoon.
“Discussed the implementation of our
and reviewed the status of disengagement.”
The first round of disengagement on the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso was completed last weekend, which was followed up by the 10th round of military commanders’ talks.
The key part of the Jaishankar-Wang conversation was the Indian insistence of following through on the five-part understanding reached between the two men in
on September 10.
These were — maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border areas was essential to the forward development of ties and the incidents in eastern Ladakh had disrupted the relationship. Second, India insisted on China moving its troops — the massing of troops on the LAC was contrary to the agreements of 1993 and 1996 “and created flash points.”
The Moscow understanding stated, “The Indian side clearly conveyed that it expected full adherence to all agreements on management of border areas and would not countenance any attempt to change the status quo unilaterally.”
The Pangong Tso disengagement was generally perceived to be the most difficult. The next round of talks in the Gogra-Hot Springs areas, top sources said, would happen in time.
The Depsang issue is a “historical” one, that is, it goes back several years — Indian troops have been prevented from patrolling Points 10 to 13 for some time, which predated by several years the crisis that built in 2020.
Questioned about the disengagement, the MEA spokesperson said, the military commanders “had candid and in-depth exchange of views on the remaining issues along the LAC in the Western sector.
Both sides view the smooth and successful completion of disengagement in the North and South Bank as a significant first step as this forms a basis for resolution of remaining issues so as to achieve the eventual goal of complete disengagement in all friction areas. The two sides have agreed to work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues.”