India and China have broadly agreed to pull-back troops, tanks, howitzers and armoured vehicles from `friction points’ in the Pangong Tso-Chushul area.
India and China, two countries in a position of military stand-off since last seven months in eastern Ladakh, have broadly agreed to pull-back troops, tanks, howitzers and armoured vehicles from `friction points’ in the Pangong Tso-Chushul area.
Sources on Wednesday said the “exact modalities and sequencing of steps” as well as the joint verification process for this proposed disengagement plan are now being “discussed and finalized” by the two armies as a follow-up to the eighth round of corps commander-level talks on November 6.
One of the officials reportedly said that the proposal to disengage at both the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso was first discussed on November 6 during the eighth round of military talks between corps commander-ranked officers from the two armies in the Chushul sector.
“Discussions on the proposal are on but there is no agreement on it yet. Things remain unchanged on the ground,” said the official.
If the proposal is accepted, it may finally mean progress in the deadlocked talks, experts suggested.
“The positive aspect of the development is that the possibility of some give and take is emerging. However, the PLA has to address our concerns and restore status quo ante of early April in Depsang and other sub-sectors too. It is crucial that disengagement takes place simultaneously at all flashpoints,” Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia (retd), a former director general of military operations told Hindustan Times.