Jun 13, 2005, 10.14 AM IST | Source:

Siachen should be 'peace mountain': PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is on a visit to the Siachen Glacier. The glacier has been the scene of bloody fighting between India and Pakistan since ages. The PM expressed concern over the world's highest battlefield, and said that it should be converted into a 'peace mountain' now.

Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has expressed the need, to convert the Siachen Glacier into a 'peace mountain' during his visit to the Siachen yesterday. However, the PM ruled out, any change in the established boundaries of India saying that, it is related to the nation's honour and security.

According to newswires, Singh is the first Prime Minister to visit Siachen, between 18,000 and 22,000 feet above sea level.

There has been no fighting in Siachen since 2003, after a ceasefire came into effect between Indian and Pakistani troops. Thousands of soldiers have died in the past two decades, due to sub-zero temperatures, the high altitude and accidents, rather than enemy action.

"The time has come to make efforts, so that this battlefield is converted into a peace mountain," said Singh, to the troops stationed there.

Singh reiterated that, there would be no redrawing of boundaries in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, over which the South Asian rivals have fought two wars.

The overall peace process began since early 2004. It has moved slowly, but a recent meeting in New Delhi between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Singh went off well and has fed hopes of more progress.


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