India, Pakistan agree to conduct joint survey of Sir Creek area

India, Pakistan agree to conduct joint survey of Sir Creek area

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New Delhi, India, 26 May 2006: India and Pakistan agreed on May 26 to conduct a joint survey of the Sir Creek area – a marshy area in Rann of Kutch between Gujarat and Sindh province of Pakistan – as they winded up official-level talks in New Delhi. The survey will be conducted both in creek and sea soon and the technical experts of the two countries will work out modalities, officials said.

The two sides have been able to narrow down differences, said Surveyor General of India Major General Gopal Rao, who led the Indian side at the two-day talks to resolve boundary dispute. The Pakistani delegation leader Admiral Ahsan-ul-Haq Chaudhri, Additional Secretary in the Defence Ministry, said the two countries had made progress.

This is the eighth round of talks between New Delhi and Islamabad since 1969 on the demarcation dispute, which runs from the mouth to the top of Sir Creek between Sindh in Pakistan and Gujarat in India.