All troops at the border always carry weapons, especially when they leave the post. Those in Galwan on June 15 did so. A long-standing practice (under the 1996 and 2005 agreements) of not using firearms during faceoffs. t.co/VrAq0LmADp Article VI(1) of the Agreement prevents fire from being opened on both sides within two kilometres of the border, either from being carried out or from being driven out with rifles or explosives. Article II of the same agreement stipulates that both parties will strictly respect and abide by the TSA pending a final solution to the border issue. “No activity by either party should exceed the LAC,” the article states.