Just as both India and China agreed not to engage in provocative behaviour along the Line of Actual Control, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the “way ahead” will be to refrain from making any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo. The two sides, however will continue with their discussions to achieve complete disengagement in all confrontational areas.
According to Anurag Srivastava, the MEA spokesperson, the Senior Commanders “met after a period of nearly 50 days”. Both China and India have also decided to have the next meeting of Senior Commanders at the earliest. Concurrently, the next meeting of the WMCC is also likely to take place soon, he said.
In the first joint press release after the Senior Commanders’ meeting, the MEA spokesperson said, “As such, it reflects the stated commitment of both sides to disengage along the LAC…. disengagement is a complex process that requires redeployment of troops by each side towards their regular posts on their respective sides of the LAC. This would require mutually agreed reciprocal actions. Even as two sides work towards complete disengagement in all friction areas, it is at the same time also necessary to ensure stability on the ground.”
The MEA also stated that the best way in the future is to restrain from making any attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo. It is imperative that both sides continue their discussions to achieve complete disengagement in all friction areas and to ensure full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas.