Indian Army, PLA Personnel Meet; Agree to Maintain Peace

Published: 15th September 2015 07:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2015 07:42 PM   |  A+A-


LEH/NEW DELHI: After a fresh face-off, the armies of India and China had two meetings at two places in Ladakh today during which the two countries agreed to maintain peace and tranquility along the 465-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh sector.      

The meetings were convened to discuss last week's face-off in Burtse area which ended in the wee hours of Sunday. The meetings of senior officers of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army took place in Chushul, located 202 km southeast of Leh and Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO), 250 km northeast of Leh.          

Chushul, which is located near the breathtaking Pangong lake, is one of the five officially agreed BPM points between India and China where army officers from both sides can meet and sort out differences along the border.      

The other four BPMs are in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. BPM point on the LAC near DBO was operationalised last month. During the meetings, the Chinese side was asked about the alleged violation by building of hut 1.5 km deep inside the percieved Indian territory in Burtse, the sources said, adding "both sides agreed to adhere to no defence construction along the LAC".           

ITBP and Army jawans had demolished a hut that was built 1.5 km inside the LAC on Friday in Burtse, 210 km northeast of Leh, leading to a face-off between the two sides.        

The hut, with a solar panel on top, had a camera which recorded the movement of Indian troops, the sources said, while giving details about the Chinese incursion bid.      The construction was done by the PLA apparently to claim that the area belongs to them. This area is adjacent to Depsang plains where PLA had pitched camps in April, 2013 that had led to a three-week long stalemate.

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