July 12, 2013: India and Myanmar have agreed to cooperate to prevent cross border movement of armed groups, share information on seizure of arms and check arms smuggling/drug trafficking, said Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
Addressing a press conference, Shinde said the agreement was reached during the 20th Sectoral Level (Joint Working Group) Meeting between Myanmar and India held in Bagan, Myanmar from June 19-20.
He said the Indian side raised its concerns about the camps available to the Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) in Myanmar and are responsible for sustaining insurgency in North East. Myanmar side was requested not to allow operations by insurgent groups along the Indo-Myanmar border. Both sides agreed to cooperate to prevent cross border movement of armed groups, share information on seizure of arms and check arms smuggling/drug trafficking.
The border management issues including constructions along the Indian-Myanmar Border, setting up of the intermediary additional pillars, human trafficking and poaching by Myanmar fishermen in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and trafficking of wild life parts were also discussed, Shinde said.
The Home Minister also said that on June 26 a tripartite meeting comprising the representatives of Government of Assam, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and Government of India was held under the Chairmanship of Union Home Secretary at New Delhi to review the progress made in talks with ULFA and also to discuss their demands. The ULFA delegation was led by its Chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa. The ULFA leaders wanted that additional measures need to be taken for effective guarding of Indo-Bangladesh Border to check illegal infiltration from across the border. They were assured that Union Government is committed to take all possible measures to control the illegal influx and measures already taken along international border have helped in curbing illegal infiltration from across the border.
The Union Home Minister further said that contracts for System Integrators (SIs) have been signed in 31 States/UTs under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) till date and advance payment to SIs have been made in 22 States/UTs.
The Sangai Express