Siachen talks can`t progress until control line fixed: Naik

Air Chief Marshal PV Naik on Thursday said talks between India and Pakistan over Siachen cannot progress until the "Actual Ground Possession Land" was demarcated.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2011, 21:49 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Air Chief Marshal PV Naik on Thursday
said talks between India and Pakistan over Siachen cannot
progress until the "Actual Ground Possession Land" was
demarcated.

The chief of Air staff, who is on a two-day visit to
Gujarat, told reporters here that the presence of the Chinese
Army in Pak-Occupied-Kashmir was a "natural progression" of
ties between China and Pakistan.

When asked about the reason for the failure of talks on
Siachen and Sir Creek, Naik said: "The main issue over Siachen
is that there is no clear marking of what we call the AGPL
(Actual Ground Possession Land). We are at present at an
advantageous position, by occupying certain heights where
attacking is very difficult."

"If both sides have to vacate this position, that line
(AGPL) needs to be marked and, I would say, internationally
approved, only then we will feel safe. Because once again
getting that position will be very difficult. So until this
problem is sorted out, the talks between the two countries
will not progress forward."

He said talks with Pakistan on Sir Creek had also been
inconclusive.

"There is a difference of perceptions on the boundary
line. Is it in the centre of Sir Creek or on one side of Sir
Creek. Talks will have to carry on...ultimately we have to
reach a position," he said.

On the visibility of Chinese Army in PoK, Naik said, "I
think it is a natural progression of the alliance between
China and Pakistan. As far as presence of Chinese army is
concerned, at present they are in the form of working parties.
They are actually building bridges and roads. There are no
armed manoeuvres."

PTI