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B'desh vows not to allow terrorists to use its land

Bangladesh today underlined its determination not to allow terrorists to use its land for subversive activities against the country or any of its neighbours.

world Updated: Dec 06, 2009 20:20 IST

Bangladesh today underlined its determination not to allow terrorists to use its land for subversive activities against the country or any of its neighbours.

"We have pledged not to allow our land to be used by any terrorists. We are determined about it," Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said today.

She underlined that the Awami League government will not allow terrorists to use its land for any subversive activities against the country or neighbours.

Speaking at a dialogue on Indo-Bangladesh relations, the Foreign Minister said "every effort will be made to combat and eliminate terrorism originating from abroad and those emerging on our own soil".

When asked to comment on the reported arrest of India’s separatist (ULFA chief Arabinda Rajkhowa from Bangladesh, she said: "We have pledged not to allow our land to be used by any terrorist. We are determined about it".

Moni’s comments came days after Home Minister Minister Sahara Khatun denied that Rajkhowa was arrested from Bangladeshi territory. Bangladesh’s police and other security agencies have also dismissed media reports about his arrest from Bangladesh.

Moni said that there were "destructive fundamentalist forces (extremism)" which threatened all of us. "We will respond to these fundamentalist forces and processes and jointly undertake to battle and combat these external forces and processes," she underlined.