India, Myanmar sign MoU on border cooperation
India and Myanmar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between their respective security agencies for stepping up coordinated patrolling and checking insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking across the border between the two countries.
''The MoU provides a framework for security cooperation and exchange of information between Indian and Myanmar security agencies,'' a spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry said here today.
A key provision of the MoU is to conduct coordinated patrols on their respective sides of the international border and the maritime boundary by the Armed Forces of the two countries.
Both sides have agreed to exchange information for fighting insurgency, arms smuggling and drug, human and wildlife trafficking and also prevent illegal cross-border activities.
The level and frequency of meetings between the Armed Forces, Drug Control Agencies and Wildlife Crime Control agencies have been spelt out in the MoU.
''The MoU will lead to enhanced and tangible cooperation between the Indian and Myanmar security agencies in ensuring peace, stability and security along the long international land and maritime border between the two countries,'' the spokesman added.
The MoU was signed by India's Ambassador to Myanmar Gautam Mukhopadhaya and Maj Gen Kyaw Nyunt, Deputy Defence Minister of Myanmar, in Nay Pyi Taw.
(Posted on 11-05-2014)