Ladakh: Situation normal for 6 months, 13th round of talks will be held soon: Army Chief on India-China border dispute

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Manoj Mukund Naravane said that in the last 6 months the situation has been quite normal. We hope to have the 13th round of talks in the second week of October and we will reach a consensus on how to withdraw troops.

Giving information on the situation of the standoff along the India-China border, the Army Chief said that the situation on the border is normal for the last several months. Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane told news agency ANI on the India-China standoff, "The situation has been quite normal in the last 6 months. We hope to have the 13th round of talks in the second week of October and we will reach a consensus on how to withdraw the troops.

He further said that gradually all the conflicting points will be resolved. I firmly believe that we can resolve our differences through dialogue. I hope we will be able to get the result.

The Army Chief said in the conversation that the Chinese have deployed a large number of people across Eastern Ladakh and the Northern Front up to our Eastern Command. There has certainly been an increase in their deployment in forwarding areas which remains a matter of concern for us.


He further added, “We are regularly monitoring all their activities. Based on the inputs we have received, we are making similar developments in terms of infrastructure as well as troops, which are required to counter any threat. For the time being, we are fully prepared to deal with any eventuality.

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane told ANI on the India-China border situation, "Definitely there has been an increase in their deployment in forwarding areas which remains a matter of concern for us."


Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on the demonstration of K-9 Vajra self-propelled artillery, 'These guns can work in high altitude areas, the field trials were very successful. We have put together a whole regiment now, it will be really helpful.


What about Pakistan

"There was no ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army from February till the end of June," the Army Chief said. But recently there has been an increase in infiltration attempts that were not supported by ceasefire violations. There have been two ceasefire violations in 10 days. The situation is coming back to the days before February. He further said that we have conveyed through weekly hotline messages and DGMO level talks that they (Pakistan) should not support any activity related to terrorism.

What about Afghanistan

The army chief said that we are regularly monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and its possible effects and consequences. In what form this will happen, it is too early to say. But we are watching.