‘Indian-China troops mutually “disengage” 1 to 2 kms at LAC friction points in Eastern Ladakh: Reports’

New Delhi, July 6: Indian and Chinese troops have mutually agrees to disengage 1 to 2 kilometers at friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh sector.

“There is mutual disengagement between the two sides on all the four friction points in the Eastern Ladakh sector including Patrolling Point 14 (Galwan valley), PP-15, Hot Springs and Finger area,” Indian Army sources told ANI.

The mutual disengagement in Galwan area is about one to two kilometers and is varied at different locations, the sources said.

The disengagement was agreed upon between both sides during the third Corps Commander-level meeting on July 1 at Chushul.

The disengagement is being seen as a result of intense diplomatic, military engagement and contacts in the past 48 hours.

Disengagement of Chinese troops is being monitored by the Indian side at all four friction points including the PP-14 (Galwan river valley), PP-15, Hot Springs, and Finger area. The extent of withdrawal is varied at different locations, said sources.

However, de-escalation of troops has not happened yet. Usually de-escalation happens when talks are held at the military level. According to the sources, there are no talks of de-escalation yet.

The Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday. India has also moved 1-2 Km from the location.

Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.

Twenty Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation. (ANI)

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