China and India complete pull-back of forces from disputed border

India and China complete pull-back of forces
Troops from both sides have faced off across the lake. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A joint statement issued by the Indian defence ministry says China and India have completed the pull-back of troops from part of their disputed Himalayan border.

According to the communiqué, Soldiers completed their withdrawal from the Pangong Tso Lake area on Saturday.

Clashes on the poorly marked border led to the deaths of 24 soldiers last June.

Both China and India say they will work to cut tensions on other parts of the border, or Line of Actual Control.

Both countries announced their intention to withdraw forces from the lake area on 11 February, and commanders met on Saturday to assess how the operation was going.

Sunday’s statement said: “The two sides positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area noting that it was a significant step forward that provided a good basis for resolution of other remaining issues along the LAC in Western Sector,”

Commanders of both countries held nine rounds of talks to get to this stage.

The statement acknowledged that other parts of the India-China border remained tense and looked forward to continuing talks.

“The two sides agreed to follow the important consensus of their state leaders, continue their communication and dialogue, stabilise 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.”

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