Army chief: Disengagement started from Galwan, both doing it in phased manner

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Updated: June 14, 2020 6:09:22 am

Army Chief General M M Naravane at the passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun on Saturday. (Indian Army Twitter)

In first remarks on efforts to lower tensions along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, Army chief General MM Naravane confirmed Saturday that “disengagement” of Chinese and Indian troops has begun in the Galwan area, and both sides “are disengaging in a phased manner”.

He said military talks between the two sides have been “very fruitful” and “the situation will keep improving as we go on”.

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Speaking to reporters in Dehradun after attending the passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy, General Naravane said, “We have started from the north, from the area of the Galwan river, where a lot of disengagement has happened.”

Responding to questions, he said: “I would not like to use the word retreated in any context. There is no retreat. The correct word would be disengagement, and both sides are disengaging in a phased manner.”

He did not comment on the situation in Pangong Tso where the faceoff continues on the north bank of the lake — Chinese troops have…

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