Pakistan, India talks on Saichen ended inconclusive
08 April, 2007
ISLAMABAD: 11th round of Defence secretary level talks between Pakistan and India for resolution of Siachen issue ended here inconclusive.
The defence secretary level talks between the two countries on Siachen issue commenced on Friday in ministry of defence on Friday and concluded on Saturday without reaching any outcome.
According to a statement issued by foreign office, Pakistani delegation was headed by defence secretary Kamran Rasool while Indian delegation was led by defence secretary Shekhar Dutt.
Senior army officers of both the sides were also present on the occasion.
According to sources, the major factor which led to the failure of the talks was intransigent attitude of Indian delegation. Indian side did not demonstrate any flexibility.
Pakistan was of the view troops should return to 1984 position. On the other hand Indian delegation demanded that Pakistan should first sign the road map and authenticate the position of its troops. Pakistan did not agree over it.
Pakistani side stressed that India should give replies to the proposals floated by it for resolution of the problem.
Indian delegation, however made it clear that its position was what it was before. Therefore, this 11th round of talks also met failure.
India, in 1984 occupied the part of Siachen, which was located in Pakistan boundaries. It is still under Indian occupation.
Pakistan wants India to withdraw its forces to 1984 position and both the countries should pull out their troops from Siachan.
Indian delegation called on Defence Minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal. Both the sides agreed to continue the dialogue process despite the failure of 11th round of talks.
Both the delegations will present the reports on talks to their respective countries.