LAC tensions most serious since 1962: FS Shringla
New Delhi:Situation along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh is “delicate and serious” and the army has taken some precautionary measures to enhance security in the wake of new developments, Army Chief General MM Naravane said on Friday.
Army chief, who concluded his two day visit to forward areas in Ladakh, said that the morale of his troops present in the region was high and they were prepared to deal with any situation.
Gen Naravane reached Leh on Thursday for a two-day security review of the Ladakh sector, where India and Chinese armies have deployed almost 100,000 soldiers and weaponry in their forward and depth areas, according to the Hindustan Times.
The Army Chief said the situation has been delicate for over three months. He said talks were on at the military and diplomatic level to resolve the situation and expressed confidence that talks can help resolve the border problem fully.
However he said Indian soldiers were highly motivated and fully prepared to deal with any situation. “Our officers and men are the finest in the world and they will not only make the army proud but also the nation proud.”
Tensions flared in the sensitive sector after fresh clashes near Pangong Tso on the intervening night of 29 August and 30 August as well as on 31 August.
MOST SERIOUS CHALLENGE
Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Harsh V. Shringla Friday said the ongoing tensions between India and China at the LAC in Ladakh is the “most serious challenge” and similar to what both sides faced in 1962.
“We have had an unprecedented situation on the India-China border. We’ve never had this situation since 1962, we never lost lives in the last 40 years, it is an unprecedented situation. We have also seen there has been a unilateral attempt that seems to be an effort to change facts on the ground. We’ll be firm and resolute in resisting this,” Shringla said while virtually addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs.
In 1962, China had attacked India and the war went on for about a month after which China declared a unilateral ceasefire.
Shringla added, “As far as we are concerned, there’ll be no compromise on our sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the same time, as a responsible country, we are always willing to talk and ready to engage even in the depth of Covid crisis. We’ve kept our communication lines open. Our senior commanders have been talking on the ground. Diplomats have been talking to each other both in New Delhi and Beijing.”
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