Nepal assures India to curb infiltration

Nepal has assured India that it will accord priority to its concern on cross-border infiltration by criminals and terrorists.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 17:31 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal has assured India that it will accord priority to its concern on cross-border infiltration by criminals and terrorists taking advantage of the open border between the two nations.

The assurance came at a meeting between visiting Indian Army chief General V K Singh and his Nepalese counterpart General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung yesterday, Nepal Army sources said on Tuesday.

"The senior army officials also expressed Nepal`s commitment in launching campaign against rising terrorism menace in global context and assured to address with priority the concern shown by India regarding possible infiltration by criminals and terrorists taking the advantage of the open border between the two countries," the sources said.

India has expressed concern over cross-border terrorist activities through Nepal, which shares nearly 1850 km open border with India.
The two top commanders, during the meeting, also discussed various issues, including matters relating to expanding bilateral relations between the two armies.

Besides, senior Nepalese army officials briefed Singh about the army`s contribution in help maintaining peace and security in the country, assistance in development and construction works, disaster management works and wildlife preservation activities among others.

Singh, who is on a four-day visit to Nepal, today visited tourist hub Pokhara where he inspected pension camps and met Indian Army veterans.

Addressing the ex-Nepal Army in Pokhara, Singh said he will be making an extra effort to maintain friendly relations between the two countries.

Later in the day, he will visit pilgrim site Jomsom at the mountainous region in northern part of the country bordering China. In Jomsom, Singh is scheduled to inspect Mountain Warfare School being operated by Nepal Army, where some Indian Army cadres are receiving training, sources said.
Gen Singh, who is leading a six-member delegation of the Indian Army, arrived here yesterday.

Signifying the close relationship between the two militaries, General Singh will be conferred the honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army tomorrow by President Ram Baran Yadav, who is the Supreme Commander of the country`s armed forces.

This is the second visit of an incumbent Indian army chief in a year to receive the honorary title. General Deepak Kapoor, the then Indian Army chief was also decorated with the honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army in January.

Tomorrow, he will call on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Defence Minister Vidya Devi Bhandari. Gen Singh will also visit Birendra Peace Works Training Centre at Panchkhal in the east of Kathmandu.

PTI