India, B’desh determined to combat militancy: PC
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 22:02
Dhaka: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said India and Bangladesh were determined to jointly combat the menace of militancy and terrorism as he appreciated Dhaka's cooperation against cross-border insurgency.

Chidambaram said India was comfortable with security cooperation with its eastern neighbour.

"In the last two-and-half-years I have been the Home Minister of India, I cannot recall having made any complaint against Bangladesh," he told a joint press conference with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sahara Khatun after talks at the secretariat.

Asked if the Indian complaints about Bangladesh patronage of separatist elements was still valid, Chidambaram said, on the contrary, on numerous occasions he appreciated Dhaka's splendid cooperation in supporting New Delhi to apprehend insurgents.

In the past, India had complained that insurgents found Bangladesh's territory in rugged frontiers a safe haven, a charge denied by Dhaka.

The Home Minister, who is on a 24-hour visit here, said both countries now recognized the importance of cooperation on security issues and were determined to "jointly combat the menace of insurgency, militancy and terrorism".

"We are glad that our leaderships had agreed that the territory of either would not be allowed for activities inimical to the other," Chidambaram said.

He said both the countries resolved "not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by domestic or foreign terrorists or militants and insurgent organizations and their operatives".

The nearly two-and-a-half-hour meeting between Chidambaram and his Bangladeshi counterpart Khatun, ahead of the September 6 and 7 visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, today yielded a comprehensive border management agreement between the chiefs of the paramilitary border guards.

"We share a long land border and ensuring its sanctity is the joint responsibility...We believe that this will help them (BGB and BSF) to enhance together the management of border," Chidambaram said.

Bangladesh in recent years witnessed a massive anti-terrorism clampdown that also yielded the arrests of over a dozen suspected Pakistani and Indian Islamist militants belonging to outfits like Laskar-e-Toiba.

Bangladesh has reported to have helped India nab a number of leading figures of Indian insurgents group ULFA while investigations were underway in an abortive attempt to smuggle in 10-truck loads of weapons to ULFA hideouts in north-eastern India using Bangladesh territory.


First Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 22:02

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