Dhaka, Bangladesh
Unresolved issues top agenda

Unresolved issues top agenda

Postponed Bangladesh-India border summit begins

News Report
Border forces of Bangladesh and India began Thursday a four-day summit meet in Dhaka for sorting out various outstanding issues and charting coordinated action.

The earlier-postponed talks got underway at 10.45am in the conference room of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters. BGB Director- General (DG) Major-General Md Shafeenul Islam is leading a 13-member host side while his Indian Border Security Force (BSF) counterpart Rakesh Asthana is heading a six-member team in the conference, said a BGB press release.

The conference will conclude with the signing of a Joint Record of Discussions (JRD) on September 19.

Earlier, the BGB-BSF DGLT was postponed on September 13 as the BSF delegation could not reach Dhaka reportedly due to a technical glitch in their aircraft.

The BSF delegation had decided to fly for Dhaka on the force's own aircraft as the international flights from Dhaka to New Delhi or Kolkata to Dhaka have remained suspended until September 30, it said.

The two neighbours share a border stretching over 4,500 kilometers drawn at the 1947 partition of the subcontinent to create the states of India and Pakistan when this land fell under the Pakistan territory as East Pakistan Province. There were major problems like land-boundary and maritime boundary demarcation and these two have been resolved through diplomatic process and international arbitration respectively.

There are few other problems some of which await politico-diplomatic remedy, like a stalled deal on the sharing of waters of the Teesta, one of 54 common rivers. The Ganges water-sharing treaty between the two countries is considered a breakthrough.

In periodic border-coordination meeting between the two border-security forces and summit-level talks problems like trans-border crimes, mutual disputes and so are discussed and jointly tackled. From Bangladesh side often raised the issue of 'border killings'.

The two countries have decided at political level to bring such incidents down to 'zero' count.

With inputs from media reports

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