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Congress MLAs urge Centre to be `firm` on border issues

Last Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 13:28

Imphal: Congress legislators in Manipur have urged the Centre to be `very firm` on protection of state territory during the proposed re-survey of `undemarcated` border areas along Indo-Myanmar border in Chandel district.

"The decision to approach the Centre on safeguarding of Manipur boundary was taken during a meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) presided over by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Wednesday evening," government spokesman and Education Minister Moirangthem Okendro said on Thursday.

He said the meeting also discussed the recent felling of trees by Myanmar army or officials just near Holenphai village, three kilometre south of Moreh, for construction of a `temporary base camp`.

The erection of border fencing near Moreh, now stopped following demand for resurvey of `undemarcated` borderline, prompted several political parties and civil societies to press their demand for resurvey of the border before the construction of fencing, Okendro said.

Various organisations had said if the fencing was erected before doing the re-survey, several villages would fall within the territory of the neighbouring country.
Official sources said there was so far `no incursion or intrusion` by Myanmar army or officials in Manipur territory.

Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh had said in June that there was `undemarcated` border areas around border pillar 76 adding that some border pillars, near Moreh, were also still missing.

The state government during a recent cabinet meeting had urged the centre to take initiative with Myanmar authorities to settle the border issues, officials said adding that Indian ambassador in Myanmar has been asked to discuss with relevant authorities for re-survey at Manipur-Myanmar border areas at places where border pillars were missing.

All major political parties including CPI and Manipur People`s Party had urged the centre to settle the issue since it was a `very sensitive one`.


First Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 13:28

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