8 December 2022

New Delhi: India on Friday said the situation in eastern Ladakh has not returned to the stage of full normalcy as some steps are yet to be taken for it.

The comments of Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA ) Spokesperson Arin dam Bagchi came days after Chinese envoy Sun Weidong claimed that the situation in eastern Ladakh is ” overall stable” as the two sides have moved from the ” emergency response ” that followed the Galway valley clashes in June 2020 to “normalized” management.

MEA on eastern Ladakh border
MEA on eastern Ladakh border

” Some steps are required for full normalcy, we have not reached there, Bagchi said when asked about the Chinese ambassador’s remarks.

The MEA spokesperson said India has been maintaining that it expects disengagement followed by de-escalation for the return of normalcy on the border, which could pave the way for normal ties between the two neighboring countries. ” We have not reached there …. I would not like to say that the situation is normal. There have been some positive steps, but some steps are yet to be taken, ” he said.

Bagchi also referred to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s remarks last month that the disengagement at Patrolling Point 15 in eastern Ladakh was ” one problem less ” on the border.

Indian Air Force ( IAF ) chief Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari on Tues day said the benchmark for the situation to become normal in eastern Ladakh would be to return to the status quo ante prior to the standoff and a complete withdrawal of troops from all friction points. Though the two sides have disengaged from Patrolling Point 15 ( PP – 15 ), there has been no progress yet on resolving the standoff in the Demchok and Depsang regions.

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