New Delhi, August 28
India and China have agreed to disengage in Doklam, a stand-off between troops on either side on since mid-June.The Ministry of External Affairs said this in a statement a short while ago.“In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam. During these communications, we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests.”“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Indian and Chinese troops were facing each other since June 16 at the Sikkim-Bhutan tri-junction after Indian Army personnel prevented Chinese soldiers building a road in the plateau.The diplomatic effort is under the January 2012 agreement that the two countries inked and established a ‘Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs’. This has representatives of the Ministry of External Affairs and also the Ministry of Defence on either side.Its mandate under Article VI of the agreement says, “The Working Mechanism will address issues and situations that may arise in the border areas that affect the maintenance of peace and tranquillity and will work actively towards maintaining the friendly atmosphere between the two countries.”It’s tasked to meet at fixed intervals and it does meet but ‘emergency consultations’ can be convened mutually. A Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry heads this group.