No breakthrough at India-China border talks’ 14th round
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THE 14th round of talks between the armies of India and China failed to see a breakthrough. However, the two sides agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue to work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest, according to a joint statement.
Indian Army chief general M M Naravane on Wednesday (12) said that India was hopeful of resolving issues related to disengagement at Patrolling Point 15 (Hot Springs) in eastern Ladakh during the 14th round of talks.
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The 14th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on Wednesday.
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Representatives from both the Indian and Chinese defence and foreign affairs establishments were present at the meeting, according to the joint statement.
“The two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of views for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector (Ladakh border),” the statement said.
They also agreed that both sides should follow “the guidance provided by the state leaders” and work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest, it added.
“It was noted that this would help in restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC in the Western Sector and enable progress in bilateral relations,” it said.
The two sides also agreed to consolidate on the previous outcomes and take effective efforts to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the western sector including during winter, it said.
“The two sides agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest,” the statement added.
The two sides also agreed that the next round of the commanders’ talks should be held at the earliest, according to the statement.
The 13th round of talks had taken place on October 10 last year and it had ended in a stalemate.