Indo-Pak talks on Siachen, Sir Creek issues on April 22

April 3rd, 2011 - 11:27 am ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 3(ANI): India and Pakistan are set to resume stalled talks on the world’s highest battlefield- Siachen- in yet another attempt to demilitarise the area.

“The Defence Secretaries of both the South Asian countries will be meeting on April 22 to resume talks on the Siachen glacier and Sir Creek,” The News quoted a senior official, as saying.

The Indo-Pak talks on Siachen and Sir Creek would be resumed after four years, though both sides have maintained a ceasefire since November 2003.

It would be yet another attempt to resolve the dispute through “peace talks”, though all earlier parleys, starting in the mid-80s, ended in deadlock with both the sides sticking to their guns.The Indian Defence Secretary would be coming to Pakistan for these renewed efforts for the demilitarisation of Siachen glacier and resolving the Sir Creek issue.

In the context of talks on Siachen and Sir Creek, Pakistan maintains implementation of an agreement reached between the archrivals in 1989, under which soldiers in the permanently frozen combat zone were to be brought down to the positions held by them prior to the Indian advance in 1984.

Both countries keep a few thousand troops deployed across the 6,300-metre glacier, where the weather claims more lives than actual fighting. (ANI)

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