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India, China agree to hold 12th round of talks on complete disengagement at LAC

Both sides agreed on the need to find an early resolution to the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh in line with the agreement reached between the two foreign ministers in September 2020. 

China India agree to hold 12th round of talks on complete disengagement at LAC-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jun 25, 2021, 9:16 PM IST
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India and China held the 22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs on Friday wherein the two sides agreed to hold the 12th round of the Senior Commanders meeting at an early date to achieve complete disengagement from all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.

"The two sides had a frank exchange of views on the situation along the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of the India-China border areas," the External Affairs Ministry said.

Both sides agreed on the need to find an early resolution to the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh in line with the agreement reached between the two foreign ministers in September 2020. 

In this regard, the two sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through the diplomatic and military mechanisms to reach a mutually acceptable solution for complete disengagement from all friction points so as to ensure full restoration of peace and tranquillity to enable progress in the bilateral relations. 

They also agreed that in the interim, the two sides will continue to ensure stability on the ground and prevent any untoward incident. 

Just yesterday, India had blamed China's actions of amassing a large number of troops close to the border and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo along the LAC last year for the continuing military standoff in eastern Ladakh and asserted that these acts were in violation of bilateral agreements.

The troops of the two countries have been engaged in a border standoff for over a year at multiple locations in the Ladakh region. The two forces have disengaged from Pangong Tso areas, but no concrete results have been achieved in other areas.

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