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India to ask Myanmar for crackdown on northeast rebels

The demand is expected to be made at a meeting between Home Minister Shivraj Patil and his Myanmar counterpart Maung Oo.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 18:44 IST

India is likely to make a fresh demand before Myanmar for crackdown on northeast insurgent groups operating from that country when Myanmarese Home Minister Maj Gen Maung Oo meets his Indian counterpart Shivraj Patil here on December 21.

The demand is expected to be made at a meeting between Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and the visiting delegate on December 21, sources in the Home Ministry said on Tuesday.

They said that New Delhi is likely to take the opportunity to impress upon Myanmar about the need to launch a drive against the insurgents.

In the past too, India has utilised talks at the Home Secretary level to discuss issues like security, border management, trade, drugs and smuggling besides free movement of people and release of prisoners.

Sources in the security establishment say insurgent groups like United Nationalist Liberation Front (UNLF) and People's Liberation Army (PLA) operate from across the border.

India has also been raising the issue of shifting of boundary pillars in Ukhrool and Chandel districts of Manipur allegedly by the Myanmarese army, a charge denied by Yangon.

India shares 1,643km border with Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh alone accounts for 520km followed by Mizoram 510 km.

Manipur shares 398km of its boundary with Myanmar and Nagaland another 258 km.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is building a 151-km long Tamu-Kalemyo-Kalewa road in Myanmar and it is likely to offer to maintain the road.

India and Myanmar have a pact for maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas under which Home Secretaries of both countries meet once annually.

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 18:44 IST