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‘Army working to restore LAC position’

Lt. Gen. Y.K. Joshi

Lt. Gen. Y.K. Joshi  

Lt. Gen. Joshi non-committal on timeline

“We shall continue all efforts to restore the status quo ante along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China,” said Lt. Gen. Y.K. Joshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, on Saturday.

However, he remained non-committal on the timeline for the resolution of the stand-off in eastern Ladakh, which has been ongoing for 12 weeks.

During the talks for disengagement, India has consistently called for the restoration of the status quo ante at the LAC or the pullback of Chinese troops to pre-May positions.

“There are certain commitments required from the two sides which is essential for the process to move ahead and deliver the outcomes that are desirable. There are certain factors though, such as territorial integrity of the country, that are not negotiable at all. While we are investing sincerely in this ongoing endeavour to bring about peace along the border, we also remain prepared at all times for any eventuality,” Lt. Gen. Joshi said on the current situation in an interview to a TV channel.

The negotiations and process of disengagement and the commitment of both sides to adhere to the laid down methodology would dictate the timelines of the stand-off, he stated.

A decorated soldier of the 1999 Kargil conflict, Lt. Gen. Joshi said the challenges during the Kargil conflict and the present situation are in a totally different domain. “In the given circumstances, the LAC in Ladakh is a challenge today. We as an organisation concluded that situation in 1999 to our satisfaction then and so would be in this case too,” he said.

While we are investing sincerely in this ongoing endeavour , we also remain prepared for any eventuality

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