Indo-Pak Affairs

Pakistan presents a non-paper on Siachen

New Dehli: Pakistan and India have exchanged ’non-papers’ on the demilitarization of Siachen – the world’s highest battle ground – where the two have been up against each other and ’nature’ in sub-zero temperatures of the Karakoram. 12th round of two days long the Defence Secretary level talks between Pakistan and India on Siachen finished with mutual agreement to continue the discussions in a meaningful and result oriented manner. It was decided to meet again at a mutually convenient date in Islamabad on Siachen issue, statement issued from foreign office revealed.

According to statement talks were held on May 30-31, 2011 in New Delhi. The Pakistan delegation was led by Lt. Gen (Retired) Syed Athar Ali, Defence Secretary and the Indian delegation was led by Shri Pradeep Kumar, Defence Secretary. The Defence Secretary of Pakistan also called on Shri AK Antony, Defence Minister of India.

Indian and Pakistani sides welcomed the ongoing dialogue process. The discussions were held in a frank and cordial atmosphere, contributing to an enhanced understanding of each other’s position on Siachen. They also acknowledged that the ceasefire was holding since November 2003. Both sides presented their positions and suggestions towards the resolution of Siachen.

Earlier on Monday India and Pakistan discussed demilitarization of Siachen, where borderline is not demarcated, in a “constructive framework”, picking up the threads of the issue after a gap of three years. Siachen, with an area of over 2500 sq km, the world’s highest battlefield, has been a long pending issue between India and Pakistan over differences on the location of the 110-km long Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) which passes through the Soltoro Ridge and Siachen Glacier.

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