DEHRADUN: On Saturday Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said, both armies are “disengaging” along India’s border and the “entire situation” is under control. The Army chief said both armies are beginning to “disengage” in a gradual manner starting with Galwan Valley.
This is the first official initiation of de-escalation of the conflict that began five weeks ago in eastern Ladakh.
General MM Naravane was very confident in reporting that military talks between both countries were “very fruitful”, and the ongoing discussions would improve perceived differences over the de-facto Sino-India boundary. Also Read- Nepal Plans to Get Land Back Occupied by India
“Both sides are disengaging in a phased manner. We have started from the north, from the area of the Galwan river where a lot of disengagement has taken place. It has been a very fruitful dialogue that we have had. As I said, it will go on and the situation will improve as we go on,” he said.
A large number of Chinese Army personnel transgressed the Line of Control
The armies are facing a standoff in Pandong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok, and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh. According to sources, a number of Chinese Army personnel transgressed onto the Indian side of The Line of Control in several areas.
India fiercely expressed their disapproval to the transgression and demands the immediate withdrawal to restore peace between the countries. Both countries then held talks to resolve the issue.
he Army Chief said, “I would like to assure everyone that the entire situation along our borders with China is under control. We are having a series of talks which started with corps commander level talks which were followed up with meetings at the local level between commanders of equivalent ranks.”
“As a result, a lot of disengagement has taken place and we are hopeful that through the continued dialogue that we are having, all perceived differences that we (India and China) have will be set to rest,” he added.
Both the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defense have not responded to queries about the disengagement of both armies. There are claims that both armies have moved back in Galwan Valley and in the Hot Spring, however, there is no evidence.