India and China have come to a “mutual consensus” to disengage on their disputed Eastern Ladakh boundary, an Army source said on Tuesday after day-long talks between Corps Commanders on Monday at Moldo.
“The Corps Commander level talks between India and China on June 22 were held at Moldo in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. There was a mutual consensus to disengage. Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides,” the source stated.
Naravane to visit Ladakh
Meanwhile, Gen. Naravane will travel to Ladakh later in the day and be there on Wednesday. “Army Chief will be visiting Ladakh for reviewing the ground situation, discuss the ongoing stand-off with ground commanders, visit forward locations and interact with troops on the ground,” the sourcesaid.
This will be his second visit to Ladakh since the standoff began in early May. He earlier visited the Leh-based 14 Corps Headquarters on May 22.
The talks held on Monday at Moldo opposite Chushul between Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, General Officer Commanding of the Leh-based 14 Corps and Maj. Gen. Liu Lin, Commander of the South Xinjiang Military District from Chinese side began around 11.30 a.m. in the morning and went on till 11.45 p.m. The talks at senior military level came a week after a violent clash in Galwan valley which resulted in deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, including a Colonel.
In the first Corps Commander talks earlier on June 6, both sides had identified five locations of conflict – Patrolling Point(PP) 14, 15, 17A, North bank of Pangong Tso and Chushul and agreed on limited “disengagement” in some of the places. But that consensus was breached following the Galwan clash. India’s consistent demand has been restoration of status quo ante of pre-May 5 positions and deinduction of forces built up by China along the Line of Actual Control.