New Delhi: The 14th round of Corps Commander Level talks between India and China held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on Wednesday failed to make headway on the disengagement in Hot Springs area, sources said.
“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. They 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,” a statement issued by the Defence Ministry said without detailing which all specific areas the two sides agreed to disengage upon in the meeting.
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, the statement further read adding “It was noted that this would help in restoration of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and enable progress in bilateral relations.”
The same statement was also issued by the Ministry of External Affairs a little while later.
Earlier, UNI reported through sources in the security establishment that the Indian side, led by Leh based Fire & Fury Corps commander Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta, firmly conveyed its position on Hot Springs area during the talks which started at 0930 hours on Wednesday and concluded by 2230 hours.
The statement issued on Thursday further states that 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 two sides also agreed upon holding the next round of the Commanders’ talks at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Chinese FM expressed reservations on Army Chief Gen MM Naravane’s remarks on China and called them ‘unconstructive’, Chinese state affiliated media Global Times reported.