In­dia, Bangladesh se­cu­rity talks


The 13th meet­ing of the Home Sec­re­taries of In­dia and Bangladesh was held re­cently at Dhaka. The In­dian del­e­ga­tion was led by R.K. Singh, Union Home Sec­re­tary, and the Bangladesh del­e­ga­tion was led by C.Q.K. Mus­taq Ahmed, Se­nior Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Home Af­fairs.

The two Home Sec­re­taries ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the visit of both del­e­ga­tion to Agartala–Akhaura In­te­grated Check Post (ICP) to re­view the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, and noted that this would fa­cil­i­tate trade be­tween Bangladesh and In­dia, par­tic­u­larly North­east. They also wel­comed the open­ing of sev­eral land ports In­te­grated check posts for bi­lat­eral trade be­tween Bangladesh and In­dia. Both sides agreed to al­low devel­op­men­tal work in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of ICPs/LCSs within 150 yards of zero line. Both sides also agreed to con­sti­tute a high-level team to mon­i­tor devel­op­ment of bor­der in­fra­struc­ture.

They took note of the out­come of the 12th JWG meet­ing on se­cu­rity is­sues held on Oc­to­ber15, 2012, wherein the two sides dis­cussed is­sues such as land boundary de­mar­ca­tion, bor­der man­age­ment, se­cu­rity is­sues, im­ple­men­ta­tion of agree­ments, visa and con­sular re­lated is­sues and ca­pac­ity build­ing, etc.

Both sides ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the smooth op­er­a­tion of co­or­di­nated bor­der man­age­ment plan (CBMP) and agreed to in­crease num­ber of joint pa­trolling with a view to curb­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties along the bor­der.

They noted with sat­is­fac­tion that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the CBMP has re­duced the num­ber of in­ci­dents along the bor­der. They ex­pressed con­fi­dence that in­creased num­ber of co­or­di­nated pa­trolling would en­hance co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the bor­der guard­ing forces of the two coun­tries, and en­able them to man­age the iden­ti­fied vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas with a view to prevent­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, il­le­gal move­ment, acts of vi­o­lence and loss of lives along the bor­der ar­eas. As an ad­di­tional mea­sure for bet­ter bor­der man­age­ment, both sides agreed to re­vive the mech­a­nism for reg­u­lar con­sul­ta­tions be­tween the Deputy Com­mis­sioner and the District Mag­is­trate of bor­der dis­tricts for re­solv­ing lo­cal is­sues.

Both sides agreed to fur­ther in­ten­sify the ac­tiv­i­ties of the dif­fer­ent nodal points in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion such as hu­man traf­fick­ing, drugs, In­ter­pol, etc. They ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion of dif­fer­ent bi­lat­eral mech­a­nisms, in­clud­ing BGB-BSF DG level meet­ings, Nar­cotics DG level meet­ings, JWG on se­cu­rity is­sues, etc. and noted that th­ese reg­u­lar ex­changes helped to en­hance un­der­stand­ing and re­solve is­sues for mu­tual sat­is­fac­tion.

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