Indo-Myanmar Secretary-level talks from today

Indo-Myanmar secretary-level talks from today
Issues of Paresh Baruah, Ranjan Daimary may figure in talks
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 18: Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai has left for Myanmar today for the secretary-level talks between India and Myanmar slated from Tuesday in Myanmar capital, Naypyitaw. Pillai and his team members will hold their three-day talks with a Myanmar team to be led by Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Phone Swe.
Union Home Ministry sources said Pillai’s visit to Myanmar bears significance in the wake of Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi raising the issue of smuggling of Chinese weapons along Myanmar border.
Dabi claimed that Chinese arms were being smuggled into India through its porous border with Myanmar. There is every likelihood of this sensitive issue being raised by Pillai at the meeting, said a senior official in North Block. Official sources also said that the issues of ULFA ‘c-in-c’ Praesh Baruah and NDFB (anti-talk faction) chairman Ranjan Daimary would definitely be raised at the meeting.
Pillai is likely to hold an extensive interaction with the Myanmar team on cooperation in counter-terrorism and transnational crimes. India and Myanmar are expected to exchange views on sharing intelligence inputs on these issues.
The last such meeting between Brigadier General Phone Swe’s delegation and the then Indian Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta was held in New Delhi in March, 2008 when both the countries had agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas of security and border management along their 1,643-km common border known for smuggling of arms, drugs and counterfeit currency.
The Assam Rifles has deployed 31 battalions for counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast and 15 more for guarding the Indo-Burmese border. The Assam Rifles is also planning to construct over 100 helipads in the north-eastern States for quick mobilization of its troopers along the 1,600-km-long Myanmar border.

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