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India, Pak for early resolution of Siachen dispute, says Antony

PTI 27 Aug 2012, 17:32:46 IST
New Delhi, Aug 27: India and Pakistan have agreed to continue the dialogue in Siachen for early resolution of outstanding issues there, and have reaffirmed the resolve to make serious, sustained and result oriented efforts to seek an amicable solution, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

In a written reply to the House, Defence Minister A K Antony also said that since 1984, a total of 846 soldiers have lost their lives in Siachen glacier.

“During the 13th Round of Siachen Talks between the Defence Secretaries of India and Pakistan held in Pakistan on 11-12th June 2012, both delegations reaffirmed their resolve to make serious, sustained and result oriented efforts for seeking an amicable resolution of Siachen,” he said.

It was agreed to continue the dialogue on Siachen in keeping with the desire of the leaders of both the countries for early resolution of all outstanding issues, Antony added.

On resolution of Sir Creek issue with Pakistan, he said the meeting between the Surveyor Generals of the two countries was held here on June 18-19.

“The two sides discussed the land boundary in the Sir Creek area and also delimitation of International Maritime Boundary between India and Pakistan. They reiterated their desire to find an amicable solution of the Sir Creek issue through sustained and result oriented dialogue,” he said.

Denying reports of withdrawal of troops from the Siachen glacier, Antony said, “There has been no decision to withdraw troops from Siachen Glacier. Any deployment/redeployment of troops in the area is contingent upon the threat perception, ground situation and other operational aspects.”