Deploy neutral forces on Siachen: US Analyst
Islamabad, June 10: As the stalemate over finding a solution to resolve Siachen issue continues, a US-based analyst has suggested placing forces from a third country, from within the SAARC region, on the glacier.
Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution, in his article ‘Russian Roulette in South Asia’ recommended placing a neutral force on the glacier.
“The SAARC should deploy a couple of hundred armed Gurkha troops from Nepal or the British army to police the ice. The UNSC would pass a resolution endorsing the SAARC Force and committing support if any side violated the deal,” he said.
He also hoped that if the Siachen issue was resolved in this manner, it could also give headway to the resolution of Kashmir problem.
According to analysts, Bruce Riedel has ignored the important fact of the presence of UN-mandated Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), presently stationed in Kashmir.
The group was assembled to supervise the UN-sponsored Ceasefire Line (CFL) which was established as a result of 1949 India-Pakistan agreement that concluded the war in Kashmir.
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