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Efforts on to resolve Indo-Bangla disputes: Minister

The Bangladesh minister said that border guards of the two countries have met time and again to resolve long-standing issues.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 12:18 IST

India and Bangladesh are sincerely trying to resolve their longstanding border disputes, said a senior Bangladeshi minister on Wednesday night.

"Both Governments of Bangladesh and India are sincerely trying to address the issue," Bangladesh's Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharaff Hossain said in Parliament.

He added that many meetings between the border guards of the two countries have taken place at different levels to resolve existing issues.

Referring to the last meeting of home secretaries in Dhaka between August 24 and 27, Hossain said: "The issue was discussed with importance from Bangladesh side at the meeting."

Replying to a question from Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker, Rustom Ali Farazi, Hossain said India's Border Security Force (BSF) had killed as many as 18 Bangladesh civilians since January 2006.

There was no member of the Bangladesh Rifles among the victims, he added.

When the Opposition Awami League lawmaker Syed Abul Hossain asked about the Indian allegation that camps of Indian insurgents existed inside Bangladesh, he said: "The government has already denied the allegation and also offered helicopters to look if there is any such camp inside Bangladesh."

To another question, Hossain said relations between India and Bangladesh have strengthened after the present Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance government assumed power in 2001.

First Published: Sep 14, 2006 12:18 IST