Islamabad (AsiaNews) - Indian and
Pakistani defence officials began a two-day round of talks Monday to discuss
the stalemate over the Siachen Glacier and its possible demilitarisation. India
holds the area but Pakistan claims it.
in Rawalpindi, the meeting was requested by the Pakistani side after an avalanche
killed 139 people at a military camp on 7 April. Over the years, sub-zero
temperatures and high altitude have killed more soldiers than fighting.
Indian side was led by Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma, whilst the
Pakistani side was led by his counterpart Nargis Sethi.
meeting is part of renewed talks between the two countries, after they were
interrupted by the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
however see the talks as a mere formality with few chances of changing the
status quo. In recent days, Sharma warned against hopes for "any dramatic
announcement or decision on an issue which is very important for us".
Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram Range in the Himalaya
Mountains, in the Ladakh region, northern Jammu and Kashmir.
70 kilometre-long glacier is the longest in the range, and the second in the
world (poles excluded).
independence in 1947, Kashmir and its glaciers were the object of separate territorial
1984 and 2003, the area was involved in the 'Siachen conflict', which included
a series of armed clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops along the
2003, Islamabad signed a ceasefire, leaving the area under Indian