India, Pakistan need more time to resolve Siachen dispute: Antony.
New Delhi, June 04, 2011 (Frontier Star): With India and Pakistan
agreeing to continue their talks on the Siachen Glacier, Defence
Minister A.K. Antony Friday said both countries needed more time to
debate issues concerning the world's highest battlefield. Antony
told reporters here that the talks between the neighbours were
"free and frank" and the atmosphere at the meeting was
"cordial" "But they were not able to come to a conclusion
or agreement. So ultimately, they decided they needed more time...both
sides. So India and Pakistan will meet again at a mutually convenient
time and the next round will be in Islamabad," he said. At a
meeting May 30-31 between the defence secretaries of the two countries,
it was decided that they would meet again for the 13th round of talks on
Siachen Glacier at a mutually convenient date in Islamabad. At the 12th
round of talks, the two sides reiterated their respective positions on
the 70-km-long glacier dispute lingering over 27 years now since 1984.
Pakistan also gave a "non-paper" to India explaining their
suggestions and proposals for the peaceful resolution of the conflict
along the 110-km Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) on the Saltoro
Ridge. "It is a very complicated issue. Both sides need more time
to study this," Antony added. Replying to queries on his talks with
his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak during his recent visit here
Antony said that India's "unique" friendship with
Afghanistan is not aimed against any other country "Whatever help
India is extending to Afghanistan is not against any country. It is a
unique relationship. India is willing to extend more training facilities
for their armed forces and also support the Afghan Government as per
their requirement," defence minister A.K. Antony told reporters .
Emphasising the efforts made by India in Afghanistan, Antony said:
"We want to help the people of Afghanistan in their reconstruction
efforts. We want a strong democratic government there. They are in
transition, they are in difficulties. So as a friend, India is trying to
help them in development, reconstruction, education and health."
India has been actively involved in the modernisation programmes in
Afghanistan and is viewed as one of its trusted allies.
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