India urges Myanmar to evict separatist rebels
INDIA: New Delhi has urged neighbour Myanmar to evict anti-India
insurgent groups operating out of bases there, a foreign ministry
statement here said.
"While welcoming Myanmar's commitment not to allow its territory to
be used for activities inimical to India, (India's foreign) minister
sought their continued and sustained cooperation in this regard," the
The issue was discussed at meetings between India's visiting foreign
minister Pranab Mukherjee and Myanmar leaders in Yangon, said the
statement, issued at the end of Mukherjee's three-day visit.
Indian intelligence officials say at least half a dozen separatist
rebel groups, including the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
and a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, operate out
of bases in Myanmar's northern Sagaing division.
Yangon has repeatedly assured New Delhi that it will not let Indian
rebels operate from its soil. Last month, Myanmar launched a military
crackdown against the Naga rebels with heavy fighting reported between
Myanmarese troops and the guerrillas.
Meanwhile separatist rebels have stepped up their attacks against
minority migrant workers in India's restive northeast, killing three
people and injuring more than 20 in a string of blasts at the weekend,
Two explosions rocked Assam state on Sunday, including one in a small
market in the town of Bohori Bazaar that killed one person and
critically wounded three others, said A. Ali, a local police officer.
Earlier Sunday, explosives packed on a motorbike blew up outside a
railway station in western Assam, wounding three construction workers,
said I. Das, another police officer.
Two explosions late Saturday, including one in the heart of Assam's
Tinsukhia town, killed two people and wounded at least 15, the majority
of whom were migrants, police said.
New Delhi, Monday, AP,AFP