Defence Ministry releases joint statement, appraised smooth completion of disengagement of troops

February 21, 2021 | Updated 8:40 pm

Defence Ministry releases joint statement, appraised smooth completion of disengagement of troops India China Troops met in Meghalaya in 2019- ANI Photo

New Delhi:  Ministry of Defence on Sunday (February 21, 2021) released a joint statement of the 10th round of China -India corps Commander level meeting. The release said that two sides positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area.

The statement said that it was a significant step forward that provided a good basis for the resolution of other remaining issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. They had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on other issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. The two sides agreed to follow the important consensus of their state leaders, continue their communication and dialogue, stabilize and control the situation on the ground, push for a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues in a steady and orderly manner, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

In the previous round of talks on January 25, the two sides had agreed to an early disengagement of troops to end the months-old stand-off between the two nations.

Union Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh had informed the Parliament on February 11 that India and China had finally been able to agree on a disengagement plan on the North and South bank of the Pangong Tso lake. Furthermore, he had also informed that the Indian side will remain near Finger 3 at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post while the Chinese side will remain to the east of Finger 8.

In addition, any structure built by both sides in the North and South Bank post-April 2020 would also be destroyed.