Indo-Bangla hold positive border talks

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 01:55 hrs

Kolkata, Sept 30 (IBNS) A Director General (DG) level "Border Coordination Conference" between India's Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) held this month ended on a note of positive approach on Saturday, officials said.

Pragmatism and optimism between the two border guarding forces marked the conference from Sept 25 to 29 in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, said B D Sharma, IPS, Addl DG (E), BSF, on Sunday addressing media here.

The Joint Record of Discussions (JRD) was signed by U K Bansal, DG BSF and Major General Anwar Hussain,DG BGB.

Director General BSF U K Bansal at the concluding session said the discussions are fruitful and will help develop more understanding between both the Forces.

The objective of the Conference is to improve field level cooperation on Indo- Bangla Border.

During this conference efforts have been directed to resolve border problems in an amicable atmosphere.

Both the DGs noted with satisfaction the improved relations between both the forces and discussed the measures to step them up further, said BSF.

'Firing' on border resulting in death of Bangladeshis and drugs smuggling including Phensedyl remained major agenda from Bangladesh.

Both sides recognised the marked decline in firing incidents on border and expressed the need for close cooperation to stop the drug trafficking taking place from either side of border.

"Coordinated Border Management Plan", is a significant component in the Border Management on both sides of International Boundary. Its implementation in letter and spirit by both Border Guarding Forces to prevent Border crimes figured chiefly in the discussions during the five-day long conference, said BSF.

Intensified joint patrolling is being carried out on the border to check border crimes during day as well as night. Indian insurgents training in Bangladesh and illegal migration figured prominently in the issues from Indian side.

Human trafficking and confidence Building measures are among other issues discussed in the course of conference.

DG, BSF has exhorted on certain proactive measures like flood lighting the border, completion of fencing in unfenced gaps etc to prevent smuggling and other border crimes. In the light of improving relations between both the countries, the chiefs of elite forces have sought cooperation from each other to resolve all border related issues in future.

Several confidence Building measures like frequent meetings at ground level, exchange of visits, playing games have been proposed during the course of conference and accepted by both sides.

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