The 15th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) which was held through video-conference here today has decided to strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control.
The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia), while the Chinese delegation was led by Director-General of the Department of Boundary & Oceanic Affairs of the Chinese MFA.
- The two sides discussed in detail the developments in the India-China border areas, in particular, the situation in Eastern Ladakh. The Indian side conveyed its concerns on the recent developments in Eastern Ladakh, including on the violent face-off in Galwan Valley area on 15th June that had resulted in casualties. In this regard, it was emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control.
- The two sides recalled the conversation last week between External Affairs Minister and the Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister H.E. Wang Yi and reaffirmed that both sides should sincerely implement the understanding on disengagement and de-escalation that was reached by the Senior Commanders on 6th June. The two delegations agreed that implementation of this understanding expeditiously, in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols, would help ensure peace and tranquillity in border areas and the development of the broader relationship between the two countries. In this context, they also took note of the discussions in the second meeting of the Senior Commanders held on 22 June.
- The two sides also agreed to maintain communication both at diplomatic and military level including under the framework of WMCC to resolve the existing situation peacefully.
“This special meeting reiterates our belief that time-tested principles of international relations with the challenge today is not just the arms and harms, but equally of that practise. The leading voices in the world must be exemplars every day respecting the international laws, legitimate interests of partners, supporting multilateral interests for common good is the only way to build a durable world”, opined the Union Minister for External Affairs Jayshankar.