The Army hopes that its views on demilitarising Siachen would be considered before India and Pakistan reach a decision on the issue.
"The Army has submitted its views to the government on the issue. I am sure the government will keep them in mind,'' Army chief General JJ Singh said on Monday. The Indian Army has been traditionally reluctant to agree to demilitarising because of the strategic advantage it enjoys in Siachen.
Singh's comment comes two days after both sides decided to speed up talks on Siachen, the world's highest battlefield. New Delhi has made it clear to its counterparts that it was not possible to fix a timeframe to resolve the issue. The Army chief was talking to reporters at the 59th Army Day Parade on Monday.
On the Army's crackdown on banned outfit ULFA in Assam in the wake of the spurt in attacks, Singh said the operation has been stepped up. ``I am sure that we will be able to succeed,'' he said.
Addressing the parade, Singh described 2006 as a historic year for the Army as it emerged successful in anti-terror, humanitarian and peacetime operations and achieved progress in modernisation efforts.
"The iron fist and velvet glove will go hand in hand. While there will be no mercy for hardcore terrorists, the misguided youths will be given a chance to abdicate violence,'' Singh added.
Earlier, the Army chief presented gallantry awards and unit citations and took the salute of an impressive parade of marching contingents and mechanised columns. Seventeen officers, four of them posthumously, were awarded Sena Medals.
The Army showcased its weaponry including indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket launcher system Pinaka, T-72 main battle tanks, improved reporter radars, mobile-based transceiver station and mobile decontamination vehicle.