India,B'desh have made progress on contentious issues: Mitra

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Shillong, Sept 22 (UNI) India and Bangladesh have made progress on contentious issues, particularly the trans-border terrorism, Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) A K Mitra said today.

He said unlike the previous government in Bangladesh, the present army-backed interim government had even recognised India's concern over the presence of NorthEast-based insurgents in its country.

''The current caretaker government is cooperating with us like never before, but this does not mean that they have addressed all our concerns,'' the BSF Chief told UNI here.

''They have accepted Paresh Baruah's presence in their country and the response to India's concern about terrorist hideouts there proves that the interim government wanted to improve diplomatic ties with us,'' he asserted.

India has handed a list of 176 Indian insurgents' camps to Bangladesh.

Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram and Tripura share 1,700 km with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, riverine, unfenced and prone to frequent infiltration.

When asked about the future government in Bangladesh, Mr Mitra said ''I cannot say anything about the future government in Bangladesh, but I want to make one thing clear that both countries have recognised the need to improve neighbourly relations.'' UNI

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