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India offers truce in Siachen
Josy Joseph in New Delhi | November 24, 2003 16:01 IST
Last Updated: November 24, 2003 20:34 IST
India on Tuesday responded to Pakistan's peace initiative by offering truce in Siachen.
India also proposed "immediate technical level talks for early implementation" of its offer to increase communication links between the two countries.
"India will respond positively to this initiative," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Navtej Sarna said. "In order to establish a full ceasefire on a durable basis, there must be an end to infiltration from across the Line of Control."
The Inter-Services Intelligence and Pakistani troops push terrorists into India, New Delhi claims. Most of the time terrorists get covering fire from Pakistan.
"If India were to accept the ceasefire it would have only facilitated more terrorists to come in as it happened during the Ramzan offer of 2000," an army officer told rediff.com
In 2000, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had offered a ceasefire to mark Ramzan, and the guns fell silent along the LoC. However, post-ceasefire analysis by various agencies had told the government that terrorists freely infiltrated into India during that period.
With Monday's offer of ceasefire in the 110-kilometre Actual Group Position Line in Siachen, India took the cat-and-mouse game in South Asia to another level.
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