NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan are "closer" to a "final point" on the Siachen problem. Talks are on to finalise the modalities for the authentication of the present troop positions, which can pave the way for the demilitarisation of the world's highest battlefield, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan has said.

Just a month ahead of the official-level talks on Siachen, New Delhi asserted that it was keen on having "iron-clad guarantees" from Pakistan to avoid a scenario in which India would have to "reclaim" the positions it now occupied.

"[Agreements on] Siachen and Sir Creek have been on the anvil for a long time. As far as Siachen is concerned, the issue has been how do you authenticate the line where they [troops] are," Mr. Narayanan said.

Asked about the minimum conditions that India would expect Pakistan to meet, he said: "I don't think we are laying any conditions.

The only point is that we are occupying positions on the Saltoro Bridge. If we move back and if for some reason it becomes necessary to go back, it becomes so much more difficult." PTI

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