At a recent meeting in Lahore, Pakistan, a group of retired senior officials, military officers and diplomats reached a consensus on a number of confidence-building measures. They agreed, more specifically, on a proposal regarding the demilitarization of the Siachen area, which has been a potential flashpoint between India and Pakistan for many years. Meeting participants adopted a general report on their work and a specific proposal on the Siachen issue.
These discussions were held as part of a project on conventional confidence-building, organized by the University of Ottawa and the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. The project is supported by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University as well as the United States Institute of Peace, with additional support coming from Stanford University. The participants in this process decided to continue their work on these matters and, as a result, have asked organizers to set up a new round of meetings.
For further information on this process, please contact:
General Jehangir Karamat (Pakistan Army, retired) Jehangir.firstname.lastname@example.org
Air Chief Marshal Shashi Tyagi (Indian Air Force, retired) email@example.com
University of Ottawa contact: Professor Peter Jones peter.jones@uOttawa.ca.