India asks Myanmar to set up joint border working group
Posted on: 07:24 PM IST Aug 28, 2013
India has asked Myanmar to set up a Joint Border Working Group (JBWG) to address the issue of demarcation of border between the two countries in the backdrop of attempt by Myanmar Army to construct a defence post near an undemarcated border pillar.
Though the proposal to set up JBWG has been there but after the recent incident, India has reiterated the need to set up the group to resolve the issue, official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said on Wednesday. He said this was conveyed through India's Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhyay.
"We hope to take it (the proposal) forward," the spokesperson added. According to officials, Myanmar army, last week, had initiated the ground work for setting up a temporary platoon base camp at Holenphai village, located 3 km south of Moreh police station close to Border Pillar number 76.
As per the understanding, there cannot be any construction within 10 metres from the boundary, they said.