Sir Creek talks make no headway

India and Pakistan failed to make any headway on their maritime boundary dispute in the Sir Creek region at the 12th round of talks with both sides reiterating their stated positions and expressing desire to find an amicable solution. The Indian delegation was led by surveyor general of India Swarna Subba Rao and the Pakistani side was led by additional secretary in the ministry of defence Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad. 
“The two sides discussed the land boundary in Sir Creek area 
and also delimitation of International Maritime Boundary between India and Pakistan. They reiterated their desire to find an amicable solution of Sir Creek issue through sustained and result-oriented dialogue,” a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting said. 
Noting that talks were held in a “friendly and cordial” atmosphere, it said the two sides agreed to hold the next round of talks on Sir Creek issue in Pakistan at mutually convenient dates to be determined through diplomatic channels. The Pakistan delegation also met additional secretary, ministry of defence, Shekhar Agarwal. Talks were held a week after the meeting on another important issue of Siachen Glacier, which also failed to make any progress. Both the countries had reiterated their positions on the issue.

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