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Bangladesh raises stink over linkage with Assam violence

Bangladesh on Tuesday said it does not and will not allow its territory to be used by any one to carry out activities against another country.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 20:46 IST

Terming as "totally baseless, unfounded and motivated" the charge that Dhaka was responsible for the disturbances in Assam, Bangladesh on Tuesday said "it does not and will not allow its territory to be used by any one to carry out activities against another country".

Commenting on Union Minister CP Thakur's remarks blaming Bangladesh for the ongoing violence in Assam, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi said "efforts of the Indian Minister to malign Bangladesh by alleging that it is involved in activities to destabilise India is unfortunately not a new one".

"The remarks of Thakur are part of a sustained campaign that is best avoided in the interests of maintaining friendly and good neighbourly relations between Bangladesh and India," the High Commission said in a release quoting Foreign Ministry Spokesman in Dhaka.

The spokesman emphasised that Bangladesh wanted friendly relations with India and "is working to strengthen cooperation with it in a number of areas."

He expressed the hope that Indian leaders would refrain from making "irresponsible and biased statements that only contribute to generating misunderstanding among the peoples of the two countries and adversely affect the valued bilateral relations."

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 00:00 IST