India, Myanmar hold meeting on cross-border issues

Itanagar: The Border Liaison officers from India and Myanmar held a meeting at Nanyon in Myanmar over various cross-border issues, an official statement said Friday.

Itanagar: The Border Liaison officers from India and Myanmar held a meeting at Nanyon in Myanmar over various cross-border issues, an official statement said Friday.

The Indian team led by Chanchal Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Changlang district met with the Myanmarese delegates led by Ru San Kuye, Chairman, Naga Self Administered Zone, Lahe at the 2nd BLO meeting yesterday, the statement said.

The delegates agreed to share real time intelligence on activities of insurgents, arms smugglers, drug traffickers and poachers as well as increase co-operation between the law enforcement agencies of both the countries at the district level along the international border.

The Indian side shared specific information about the reinforcement of insurgent groups like NSCN (K) and NSCN (IM) in the area and amplification of their activities by working with ULFA and other Indian insurgent groups, it said.

Discussing about the insurgent activities operating along Indo-Myanmar border, the Indian officials expressed concern over involvement of citizens across the border in smuggling narcotics like opium and urged the Myanmarese counterpart to take action.

The Myanmarese agreed to put in place a mechanism to curb infiltration from their side and also extend co-operation for arrest of the culprit at the earliest.

They added that planning was being done to connect the inaccessible areas with road communication which would help reduce the use of the areas by insurgent groups, the statement said.

Requesting for an early construction of Border Hut at Indian side of Pangsau Pass for the larger interest of people living on both the sides, the Myanmarese delegation stated that the construction of the same has already begun on their side.

India cited the non-availability of water source to carry out the construction and requested Myanmar to allow them tapping water from Myanmar side, the statement said.

The Myanmarese agreed to share water and also to co-operate with the Indians during their visit for survey works for tapping water from the source in Myanmar.

The feasibility and importance of holding cultural exchanges at the local level in promoting and strengthening the existing friendship between the two nations was also discussed in the meeting.

In order to develop a common mode of communication, the Indian side proposed to arrange training of English language for Myanmar officials performing border guard duties.
The Indian side also agreed to train Myanmarese farmers on tea, rubber and cardamom plantation, it said.

The Myanmarese side also expressed their willingness to buy agricultural machinery and its mechanical parts, construction materials from India via Pangsau Pass at the meeting.

The Indian side agreed to provide construction materials if it falls under the item list allowed by Indian government.

Regarding machinery and mechanical parts, both the parties agreed to approach through the respective diplomatic channel of the countries, the statement said.

It was agreed that meeting of BLOs would be held on quarterly basis alternatively at Changlang and Pangsau after deciding the date and venue mutually.

Both sides agreed that BLO would be nurtured to act as platform to discuss and share information on the activities of Indian insurgent groups and trans-national crimes in Arunachal Pradesh sector of Indo-Myanmar border and take measures required for curbing such activities, the statement added.