It is highly disappointing that the India- Pakistan talks in Islamabad last week did not produce the agreement on Siachen. The two sides have paid heavily... Frostbite rather than hostile fire has taken more lives and military experts are not even unanimous on the strategic importance of this area... The only positive... is that India and Pakistan have agreed to take up the question in their next round of talks. But this is an open-ended assurance... Since 1989, the two sides have agreed in principle that the glacier must be demilitarized. It is a different matter that they cannot agree on the modality... Apparently the disagreement is (on) the authentication of the positions held by the(ir) troops. Pakistan is reluctant, fearing that New Delhi will interpret this move as a final endorsement of its territorial claims. India has refused to pull back its troops without the authentication taking place.