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India asks Myanmar to act against N-E militants

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 19:41 IST

India on Wednesday asked Myanmar to crackdown on Northeast Indian insurgent groups operating from that country as the two countries grappled with the boundary dispute on the first day of Home Secretary level talks in New Delhi.

Union Home Secretary VK Duggal, who led a 16-member Indian delegation at the annual talks, impressed on the Myanmar delegation about the need to launch a drive against the insurgents.

Describing the meeting as "most productive", Duggal said, "We have discussed all the issues which includes security, border management, trade, drugs and smuggling besides free movement of people and release of prisoners."

Both sides, however, declined to elaborate on the question of a crackdown on the militants similar to 2003 Bhutan army's operation against ULFA or on the possibility of a joint operation.

The sources said the Indian side took up the issue of insurgent groups like United Nationalist Liberation Front (UNLF) and People's Liberation Army (PLA) operating from across the border.

The Myanmarese delegation, while not acknowledging the presence of the insurgents on their territory, are understood to have promised to look into the issue raised by India, the sources said.

The talks would resume on September 16, the last day of the four-day visit of the Myanmarese delegation, which is visiting Ladakh on Thursday. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Brig Gen Phone Swe is leading the visiting delegation.