New Delhi: India and Pakistan have decided to take the dialogue process forward on the contentious Sir Creek issue by exchanging non-papers and agreed to meet again at a mutually convenient date.

Representatives of both the countries discussed the marine boundary and land border in the Sir Creek area. The negotiations on the Sir Creek issue resumed after a four-year gap.

The Indian delegation was led by Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao and the Pakistani delegation by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Shah Sohail Masood.

Both the sides tread cautiously to find out an amicable solution to the vexed issue and exchanged non-papers so that they can proceed without any diplomatic commitment.

“Both the sides resolved to meet again to sort out the controversial issue,” according to a joint statement issued on Saturday, at the end of the two-day talks that was held in Islamabad.

The two countries conducted a joint survey of the Sir Creek in May 2007 in their last round of talks and agreed upon fixing the territorial border till 80 nautical miles. But the talks were suspended because of Pakistan’s insistence to resolve the land dispute as well.

According to the one of the military officials, “The two sides exchanged maps outlining their respective positions. Both sides also marked their respective demarcations of the maritime boundary till 120 nautical miles.”

 

(JPN/Bureau)