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Disengagement talks go into deadlock; Indian troops likely to spend harsh winter on Ladakh’s forbidden heights

By Times Now

Indian and Chinese troops are most likely to spend the harsh winter in eastern Ladakh while locked in a confrontation, it now appears. A report said on Friday that the two sides, which have been holding military as well as diplomatic talks to end the months-long standoff along the Line of Actual Control, have yet to reach an understanding on how to go about disengagement.

Disengagement of troops has been proposed by the two sides but the two armies or governments have yet to finalise the modalities of the same. This has nearly confirmed the possibility of Indian as well as Chinese troops spending the winter on forbidden heights of eastern Ladakh where temperatures have already plummeted to 20 degrees below the freezing point.

The Times of India reported that no meaningful progress has been made since the eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks on November 6, held along the LAC at Chushul.

The report quoted a source as saying that the talks remain deadlocked on two points: the modalities of disengagement and steps involved in the pullback.

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