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Indo-Myanmar home secy level talks next week

Action against insurgent groups operating along international border, strengthening of intelligence sharing mechanism, arms smuggling and drugs trafficking will be high on the agenda at the home secretary level talks between India and Myanmar to be held from Dec 27 and 30 in New Delhi.

delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2010 20:16 IST

Action against insurgent groups operating along international border, strengthening of intelligence sharing mechanism, arms smuggling and drugs trafficking will be high on the agenda at the home secretary level talks between India and Myanmar to be held next week.

A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in criminal matter is also likely to be signed between the two countries when Home Secretaries of the two countries hold talks between December 27 and 30 in New Delhi.

The Treaty will enhance the ability of the two countries to pursue their common objective of law enforcement of putting in place a legal mechanism to enable them to provide to each other assistance in connection with the investigation, prosecution, prevention and suppression of crime including those relating to terrorism, narcotics, trafficking, economic and organised crime, official sources said.

Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai would lead the Indian delegation while the visiting delegation would be led by Myanmar Deputy Minister for Home Affairs U Phone Swi.

Pillai is likely to raise concern on activities of Indian insurgent groups operating along India-Myanmar border and would seek action against them by Myanmar government.

Issues relating to strengthening of intelligence sharing mechanism between the two countries, arms smuggling, drugs trafficking, border management, border trade etc. would also be discussed at the proposed meeting.

A proposal to set up an institute to impart Myanmarese and English to soldiers of the two countries would also be discussed threadbare.

According to the proposal, Indian security forces guarding Indo-Myanmar border would be taught Myanmarese while Myanmarese soldiers would be taught English to remove the language problem and better coordination at the ground level.

India and Myanmar shares a 1643 km border.