India and China are pushing for a mutually acceptable resolution of other border flashpoints in eastern Ladakh, after affirming the disengagement of troops in the Pangong lake area. In a joint statement released after the 10th round of Corps Commander level meetings at Moldo, the two sides have said that there is consensus on resolving the remaining issues on the border in a ‘steady and orderly manner’ and jointly maintaining peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
Sources said that of the 16-hour meeting at Moldo on Saturday, the first half was spent on confirming the withdrawal of troops in the Pangong area, with both sides demonstrating with evidence that disengagement has been completed as per the agreement.
“The two sides positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area, noting that it was a significant step forward that provided a good basis for resolution of other remaining issues along the LAC in the western sector,” the joint statement reads. Discussions also took place on the Gogra-Hotspring flashpoint where troops and armour have been in a faceoff since May when the PLA moved troops close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). As per initial discussions, the plan is to create a distance between the troops with a temporary no patrolling zone extending four kilometres.
Sources said that proposals on the disengagement have been exchanged and are now being taken by the corps commanders for discussions with higher authorities.