Arunachal integral part of India: Chidambaram
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 00:47
Zeenews Bureau

Itanagar: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has reiterated India’s stand on Arunachal Pradesh and Tawang on his visit here to review the security situation in the state amid speculation that Myanmar may launch an operation against Northeast militants having bases there.

Chidambaram said Tawang and Arunachal were both an integral part of India. He told a TV channel that violence had gone down in the North East and that ULFA was expected to join in the talks process.

Chidambaram, who arrived here today on a two-day visit, will hold a high level meeting with the Army and security agencies.

Arunachal Pradesh will soon have a rail link and an airport which will help it in exploiting the tourism potential, he also said.

Work on both projects were on and millions of tourists from the world over were waiting to enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the hilly forested border state, Chidambaram said at a function after launching a bamboo processing unit at Poma model village, 35 km from here.

He said tourism created more jobs than the same amount of money invested in other sectors.

He was also scheduled to visit Khonsha, headquarters of Tirap, a district declared disturbed along with adjoining Changlang, under the Armed Forces Special Power Act because of activities of militants from neighbouring Nagaland and Assam.

The militants use the forests in the two districts sharing border with Myanmar as corridor to their bases across the international border.

After being driven out from Bhutan and Bangladesh, the militants have reportedly taken refuge in camps in Myanmar.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai had visited Naypyidaw, the new Myanmarese capital, in January.

-PTI inputs

First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 00:47

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