New Delhi, Apr 16 (UNI) The government today admitted that it was facing difficulties in solving the border problem with Bangladesh, mainly that of the enclaves in adverse possession, but expressed determinaton for resolving the issue.
Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour that the government was discussing the matter with the Bangladesh authorities at different levels.
''There is a human element involved in it. It is not a simple give and take. We have to give some enclaves to them and take back some. That is where the problem is. When we talk of giving, they complain, when we talk of taking, they object. So both of us have to agree,'' he said in reply to a question.
He said Bangladesh had objected to the erection of the fence along the border by India. But India was tryying to explain to them that the fence is not offensive but only to check illegal migration.
Moreover, it was difficult to fence the riverine area which is prone to flooding.
''We are seeking Bangladesh's cooperation. We have also taken steps to develop the border area and put in money to build infrastructure.'' The Home Minister said the government was also planning to raise few more battalions of the BSF to guard the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Referring to the agreement signed between the then leaders of the two countries--Mrs Indira Gandhi and Mujib ur Rehman--about the exchange of enclaves and why had not it been implemented so far, the Home Minister said the agreement could be implemented after both the parties involved agreed to certain terms.
''An agreement can't be implemented by only one party. If the other side is willing, it can be implemented,'' he added.
He, however, did not give a time-frame.
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