India, China review situation along LAC; agree to maintain dialogue
Both sides stressed the need for continued stability at the ground level and preventing any untoward incident
India and China have agreed to continue their dialogue to reach a mutually acceptable solution for complete disengagement from all friction points along the Line of Actual (LAC) at the earliest.
The two sides held the 21st meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on Friday and reviewed the situation across the Line of Actual Control.
“The two sides reviewed the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector and had in-depth discussions on the remaining issues along the LAC in the Western Sector,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a statement.
The Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs. The Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Chinese delegation.
Both sides agreed that the completion of the disengagement in the North and South Bank of Pangong Lake provided a good basis for the two sides to work towards early resolution of these remaining issues.
They also agreed that the agreement reached between the two Foreign Ministers in Moscow in September last year as also their recent phone conversation last month, should continue to guide the work of two sides.
The two sides should continue their dialogue to reach a mutually acceptable solution for complete disengagement from all friction points at the earliest.
This would enable two sides to look at broader de-escalation of troops in the area and work towards restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas. They also agreed that in the interim, two sides should continue to maintain stability at ground level and prevent any untoward incident, the MEA statement said.
The two sides agreed to maintain close communication and dialogue through both the diplomatic and military channels. In this regard, they agreed to convene the 11th round of the Senior Commanders meeting at an early date so that two sides could work towards complete disengagement from the remaining friction areas.