Saturday, July 02, 2005

BANGLADESH - Impasse Continues In Its Relations with India

The intentions of Bangladesh are very clear. It wants to pacify India before the upcoming SAARC summit by taking some action against insurgents based in its territory. But, these actions are hardly sincere. Anup Chetia is communicating with ULFA rebels sitting in Bangladesh. Though his jail term is complete, Bangladesh has not handed him over to India. Now his whereabouts are not known. During the Foreign Secretary level meeting India requested Bangladesh to enter into an agreement whereby information about such groups and action taken against them could be shared. But the response of Bangladesh was on expected lines. It did not agree for any such agreement. Though Bangladesh says that it will not allow its territory to be used by insurgent groups its actions prove the contrary. The onus of defending this border lies on India and it will have to take all the necessary measures, including completing the fencing work.

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