Announcements INDIA ANNOUNCES UNILATERAL CEASE-FIRE

INDIA ANNOUNCES UNILATERAL CEASE-FIRE,
17 DECEMBER 1971

On 17 December 1971 India announced a unilateral cease-fire on the Western front from 8 p.m. the following day in the hope that there would be a corresponding immediate response from the Government of West Pakistan. The text of the statement is given below.

We have repeatedly declared that India has no territorial ambitions. Now that Pakistani armed forces have surrendered in Bangla Desh, and Bangla Desh is free, it is pointless in our view to continue the present conflict.

Therefore, to stop bloodshed and unnecessary loss of life we have ordered our armed forces to cease fire everywhere on the western front with effect from 2000 hours IST on Friday, December 17, 1971.

It is our earnest hope that there will be a corresponding immediate response from the Government of Pakistan.
17 December 1971

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