B'desh not to allow anti-India insurgents use its soil
Bangladesh says it will not allow its territory to be used by any insurgents against India.Updated: Apr 08, 2007, 23:32 IST
Bangladesh on Sunday said it will not allow its territory to be used by any insurgents against India and a Foreign Secretary-level meeting between the two countries would be held soon to deal with longstanding problems.
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury described as a "welcome development" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision on trade concession to Least Developed Countries in SAARC and said Dhaka will hand over a list of its products for zero-duty access to the Indian market, the UNB news agency reported.
Chowdhury denied a media report on anti-India insurgent camps operating in Bangladesh and said his country "would not allow its territory to be used by any insurgents against India or any other country".
He said the recent meeting between Bangladesh's Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed and Singh on the sidelines of SAARC Summit was productive Dhaka raised three concerns-- no demarcation of over 6.5 km of boundary, sharing the Teesta River waters and India's Tipaimukh dam, and tariffs on Bangladeshi exportable.
He said India has assured that they would not divert common-river water at the Tipaimukh dam while remaining issues would be settled through existing mechanisms between the two neighbors.
The Advisor said a Foreign Secretary-level meeting between the two countries would be held soon to deal with the longstanding problems, the UNB said.
Chowdhury said, "India has sought a list from us and we will hand over it" to accrue the benefit of India's decision to liberalise trade with the LDCs.