22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs held
New Delhi, Twenty second meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) was held on June 25. The two sides had a frank exchange of views on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China Border areas and agreed on the need to find an early resolution to the remaining issues in Eastern Ladakh keeping in view the agreement reached between the two Foreign Ministers in September 2020.
Notably, India and China on the margins of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave in Moscow on September 10 last year had reached a five-point agreement to resolve the border standoff over the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
The Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The Director General of the Boundary & Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Chinese delegation.
In this regard, the two sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through the diplomatic and military mechanisms to reach a mutually acceptable solution for complete disengagement from all friction points so as to ensure full restoration of peace and tranquility to enable progress in the bilateral relations.
They also agreed that in the interim, the two sides will continue to ensure stability on the ground and prevent any untoward incident.
The two countries agreed to hold the next (12th) round of the Senior Commanders meeting at an early date to achieve the objective of complete disengagement from all the friction points along the LAC in the Western Sector in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements and protocols. The 11th round of military talks was held on April 9 this year.
It may be noted here that India and China were locked in a military standoff at multiple friction points of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh since May 2020. After rounds of army commanders and diplomatic-channel talks both the nations completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong Tso lake in February this year.