May 24, 2006 Wary of repeat of Kargil experience, New Delhi does not want to ‘risk’ disengagement from dominant heights on the Saltoro Ridge unless there is ‘clear acceptance of authentication’ by Islamabad.

With Islamabad refusing to agree on authentication of present troop positions on Siachen glacier, the talks between India and Pakistan on demilitarisation of the world’s highest battlefield failed to yield any breakthrough here today, but the two countries decided to continue with the ceasefire there.

Concluding the two-day Defence Secretary-level talks, the two countries, however, issued a joint statement in which they agreed to continue the negotiations to resolve the vexed 22-year-old issue in a peaceful manner.

The two sides also reaffirmed their commitment to continue the ceasefire in Siachen in place since November 2003.