New Delhi, September 9: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday that India and China have agreed to dismantle and verify the temporary structures and other allied infrastructure built in the Gogra-Hot Springs (PP-15) area of the LAC in Ladakh.
This comes a day after Indian and Chinese troops began to disengage in a coordinated and planned manner in the Gogra-Hot Springs area.
According to MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, the disengagement process in the area will be completed by September 12. This disengagement process follows the sixteenth round of discussions between the Corps Commanders of India and China, which took place on July 17, 2022, at the Chushul Moldo Meeting Point.
Since then, the two sides have maintained contact on a regular basis in order to build on the progress made during the talks in resolving the relevant issues along the LAC (Line of Actual Control) in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.
"As a result, both sides have now agreed on disengagement in the area of Gogra-Hot Springs (PP-15). As per the agreement, the disengagement process in this area started on September 8 at 0830 hrs and will be completed by 12 September 2022," Bagchi stated.
The MEA spokesperson said that the two sides have agreed to cease forward deployments in this area in a phased, coordinated, and verified manner, resulting in the repatriation of both sides' forces to their respective areas.
"It has been agreed that all temporary structures and other allied infrastructure created in the area by both sides will be dismantled and mutually verified," Bagchi stated, adding "the landforms in the area will be restored to the pre-stand-off period by both sides."
The agreement ensures that both sides will rigorously adhere to and respect the LAC in this area and that there will be no unilateral change in the status quo.
"With the resolution of the stand-off at PP-15, both sides mutually agreed to take the talks forward and resolve the remaining issues along LAC and restore peace and tranquillity in India-China border areas," he added.