Tue 28 Dec 2010
Filed under: On The Border,Regional
NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar are likely to sign a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) during the home secretary-level talks between the two countries here, beginning December 27.
The four-day talks will discuss various security issues including action against insurgent groups operating along the international border, strengthening of intelligence-sharing mechanism, arms smuggling and drug trafficking.
“MLAT will enhance the ability of the two countries to pursue their common objective of law enforcement by putting in place a legal mechanism to enable them to provide to each other assistance in connection with investigation, prosecution, prevention and suppression of crime — including those relating to terrorism,” said an official.
The treaty is likely to be signed on the concluding day of the talks on December 30. While Indian delegation will be led by Union home secretary Gopal K Pillai, Myanmar deputy minister for home affairs U Phone Swi will head the Myanmarese delegation.
Pillai is likely to raise issues like activities of Indian insurgent groups operating along the Indo-Myanmar border, and would seek action against them by the Myanmar government.
A proposal to set up an institute to impart Myanmarese and English to soldiers of the two countries would also be discussed threadbare. According to the proposal, Indian security forces guarding the border would be taught Myanmarese, while Myanmarese soldiers would be taught English to overcome the language problem and better coordination at the ground level.