India and China have disengaged their troops in the Gogra Heights area of eastern Ladakh. The two sides have dismantled all temporary structures erected in the region.
India and China have disengaged their troops in the Gogra Heights area of eastern Ladakh. This comes nearly a week after the two sides held the 12th Corps Commander-level talks at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“All temporary structures and other allied infrastructure created in the area by both sides have been dismantled and mutually verified. The landform in the area has been restored by both sides to pre-stand off period,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
As per the agreement, both sides have ceased forward deployments in this area in a phased, coordinated and verified manner. The disengagement process was carried out over 4 and 5 August, 2021. The troops of both sides are now in their respective permanent bases.
Indian and Chinese troops disengaged in Pangong Lake area in February this year but there had been slow movement on further easing of tensions after that.
Like the earlier disengagement protocols the area will be a buffer zone with patrolling by either side suspended till there is a final resolution to the tensions.
As of now disengagement has taken place in Galwan, Gogra and Pangong Tso. The Hot Springs area around PP 15 still remains tense.
As conveyed earlier this week, the twelfth round of talks between the Corps Commanders of India and China were held on July 31, 2021 at Chushul Moldo Meeting Point in Eastern Ladakh.
The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on resolution of remaining areas related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas.
As an outcome of the meeting, both sides agreed on disengagement in the area of Gogra. The troops in this area have been in a face-off situation since May last year.
This agreement ensures that the LAC in this area will be strictly observed and respected by both sides, and that there is no unilateral change in status quo.
With this, one more sensitive area of face-off has been resolved. Both sides have expressed commitment to take the talks forward and resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in the Western Sector.
The Indian Army, along with ITBP, is totally committed to ensuring the sovereignty of the nation and maintaining peace & tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector.