Karakoram region of Siachen glacier
PAKISTAN said on Friday (May 11) that it would host the next round of talks with India over the disputed Siachen Glacier on June 11-12 in Islamabad.
Troops from India and Pakistan have faced off on the glacier, high in the mountains of disputed Kashmir, since the 1980s but calls for the stand-off to end have been growing after an avalanche on April 7 which buried 140 people at a Pakistani army camp.
“Siachen is part of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan and defence secretary level talks on Siachen will be held on June 11 and 12 in Islamabad,” foreign ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan told reporters.
“We want to resolve all issues through meaningful and result-oriented dialogue, and Siachen is an issue which is a source of concern for both the countries,” Khan added.
Pakistan’s army chief of staff, General Ashfaq Kayani, last month called for a negotiated end to the confrontation and said the glacier should be demilitarised.
Previous rounds of negotiations between Delhi and Islamabad on Siachen have ended in stalemate. Pakistan has said a redeployment of forces is one of “several proposals” made during the dialogue process.
Kayani last month stressed the importance of “peaceful coexistence between India and Pakistan” after an avalanche buried 129 Pakistani soldiers and 11 civilians.
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