After Siachen, all eyes on Sir Creek
The two-day talks on the narrow strip of marshland on India's western border begins in New Delhi on Thursday.india Updated: May 24, 2006 15:12 IST
India and Pakistan haven't made headway on the withdrawal of troops from the Siachen glacier, but that hasn't prevented them from engaging in another round of talks on demarcating Sir Creek.
The two-day talks on the narrow strip of marshland on India's western border begins in New Delhi on Thursday.
The Indian side will be led by Surveyor General Maj Gen M Gopal Rao and the Pakistan side will be headed by Admiral Ahsan-ul-Haq Chaudhri, Additional Secretary in the Defence Ministry.
The eighth round of talks to demarcate the strip of marshland that links India's Gujarat coast with Pakistan's Sindh province was held in Islamabad last year.
The discussions on Sir Creek are part of the third round of composite dialogue between India and Pakistan that was launched in the Capital early this year after the talks between Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammad Kahn.
A joint survey was conducted last year to identify the boundary pillars installed in 1924 by the then authorities of Sindh and Kutch to demarcate the area.
The survey could prove to be the key for determining the exclusive maritime zone off the Gujarat and Karachi coasts, official sources told the agency.
The two countries will hold home secretary-level parleys during May 30-31 in Islamabad on terrorism and drug trafficking.
This will be followed by talks here between culture secretaries on the promotion of friendly exchanges on June 1-2.