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China not ready to settle remaining areas on LAC, no result in 13th round of talks: Indian Army

By ANI

The Indian Army said that the Chinese Army has not agreed to the constructive suggestions given by the Indian Army to resolve the remaining friction points or areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and that is why the 13th round of talks concluded without any result. , the Indian Army said in a statement on Monday.

During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions to resolve the remaining areas but the Chinese side did not agree and could not make any forward-looking proposal.

“Thus the meeting did not resolve the remaining areas,” the army said in its statement on the 13th round of Corps Commander-level talks held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC on Sunday.

The Army said that the discussions between the two sides during the meeting focused on resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

Long-pending issues along the LAC include the Daulat Beg Oldi and Demchok areas, while the Hot Springs area is the final friction point to be resolved from the ones that surfaced after the unilateral Chinese aggression last year.

The Indian side pointed out that the situation along the LAC was caused by unilateral attempts by the Chinese side to change the status quo and violate bilateral agreements.

“Therefore, it was necessary that the Chinese side take appropriate steps in the remaining areas so that peace can be restored along the LAC in the western region,” the statement said.

The Indian Army stressed that this would be in line with the guidance given by the two foreign ministers at the recent meeting in Dushanbe, where they agreed that the two sides should resolve the remaining issues at the earliest.

“The Indian side emphasized that such resolution of the remaining areas would lead to progress in bilateral relations,” the statement said.

Therefore, during the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions to resolve the remaining areas but the Chinese side did not agree and could not make any forward-looking proposal. Thus the remaining areas were not resolved in the meeting.

The army said both sides have agreed to maintain communication and maintain stability on the ground. We hope that the Chinese side will take into account the overall perspective of bilateral relations and work towards an early resolution of the remaining issues, in full compliance with bilateral agreements and protocols.

Meanwhile, the Chinese military has also issued a statement after a meeting in which it has said that New Delhi’s “unreasonable and unrealistic” demands have added to the difficulties in negotiations to resolve the matter.

The Chinese side has said that India should not misunderstand the situation, rather the Indian side should cherish the “tough win-win situation” along the LAC.

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