After months of stalemate along the borders, India and China have arrived at an agreement on disengagement at Pangong Tso in Ladakh, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today in parliament.
Defense Minister also gave out details of the breakthrough that has come after a prolonged stand-off and several rounds of talks between military commanders and diplomats that resulted without any solution.
“Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, India-China will remove forward deployments in a phased, coordinated manner,” the Defence Minister said in his statement in the Rajya Sabha.
“I want to assure this House that in these talks we have not conceded anything,” he asserted. “The agreement that we have been able to reach with the Chinese side for disengagement in the Pangong lake area envisages that both sides will cease their forward deployments in a phased, coordinated and verified manner.”
According to Mr. Singh China would keep their army in the North Bank area to east of Finger 8 and the Indian troops would be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3.
Both nations are also going to take a similar stand in the South Bank.
The Minister also pointed out that these steps taken by both China and India are mutual and reciprocal. The agreement will also see the demolition of any structures that had been built by both countries since April 2020 in both North and South Bank areas. Eventually, the landforms will be restored.
Apart from this, both neighboring nations have also agreed to a moratorium on military activities in the North Bank—which includes patrolling in traditional areas. The patrolling by both nations will resume only after reaching an agreement, both at the military and diplomatic level, said Mr. Singh.