Srinagar, August 31: Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) violated the consensus and carried out provocative military movement to change status quo in Eastern Ladakh, Indian army said in a statement.
“On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” army said.
According to the army statement, Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen their positions and thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.
“The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility through dialogue, but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity. A Brigade Commander level Flag Meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve the issues,” army said.
China has not disengaged its troops from a number of friction points in Eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as per media reports.
According to the media reports, most of the places where Chinese have not withdrawn include those which it had intruded in last week of April and China continues to hold position in many areas of Eastern Ladakh, 40, 000 troops still present.
Both India and China have held several rounds of military talks involving the senior commanders to draw plans for the disengagement of troops after June 15.
On June 15, around 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives during clashes with the Chinese army in the Galwan valley region in eastern Ladakh,.