Army Chief General MM Naravane said on Tuesday that not even an inch of Indian land has been lost during the months-long standoff with China in Eastern Ladakh. He also added that since the disengagement process started last month, there has been relative peace in the region.
“We have not lost out on any territory, we are where we were before this whole thing started. Not an inch of land has been lost,” General Naravane said while speaking to ANI on India-China disengagement in Ladakh.
On being questioned about the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and the ninth round of the Core Commander level talks between India and China, he said, “After ninth round of the Core Commander level talks, we had agreed upon a phased disengagement from these friction areas, and as per that from February 10 onwards, the disengagement started and it went according to the plan wherefrom the North and South Bank of Pangong Tso as well as from the Kailash Range, people have gone back to their nearest permanent locations. Thereby the face-to-face deployment that was there and because of which there could have been chances of miscalculation has now receded. So, we have gone back and as a result of that now there is relative peace and tranquility in the LAC.”
Army Chief highlighted the importance of discussion and dialogue with China and said that both sides will gradually narrow their differences and arrive at a solution based on mutual and equal security.