Islamabad, Pakistan, 20 December 2006 – Indian and Pakistani officials are meeting in Islamabad this week for discussions on the Sir Creek issue. Sir Creek is a 96 km long thin ribbon of water between Sindh province of Pakistan and the Rann of Kutch. The dispute is over how much of the width of this ribbon belongs to Pakistan and how much to India, which in turn can have an impact on the maritime boundaries of both.
India’s Chief Naval Hydrographer Rear Admiral B.R. Rao would hold talks with the Surveyor-General of Pakistan, Major-General Jamilur Rehman Afridi, on the modalities for mapping the creek. The talks follow an agreement by the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan at their November 14-15 meeting for an experts’ meeting in December for determining the coordinates for the joint survey of Sir Creek and adjoining areas “without prejudice to each others’ position.”
The timetable for completing the joint survey is February 2007. It is expected to facilitate a final settlement of at least one contentious issue between the two countries. The two sides conducted a first joint survey in January 2006.