India raised insurgency issue with Myanmar: Krishna

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Onboard, special aircraft, Dec. 12 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna revealed on Friday that India raised the issue of insurgents groups operating from Myanmarese soil with the Government of Myanmar on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC meet.

"We discussed the issue of insurgent groups working against India from the soil of Myanmar. He assured me of full cooperation in this regard," Krishna told the media onboard his aircraft.

Asked specifically if the issue of ULFA chief Paresh Barua taking shelter in the Kachin state of Myanmar was raised, Krishna said an assurance was given to him by Myanmar Prime Minister Thien Sein that he would look into the matter.

According to sources, India and Myanmar have agreed to share intelligence to deal with insurgent groups.

Speaking to reporters, Krishna reacted sharply to a reported appeal filed by the Jamat ud Dawa with the United Nations to remove restrictions imposed on it.

"There is no reason for us to revise our position on Hafiz Sayeed as we hold him responsible for the Mumbai attacks and, we have enough evidence of his involvement. We expect friendly nations to consult India before taking any decision in this regard," Krishna said.

Dwelling on the back channel talks with Pakistan, Krishna stated: "All channels with Pakistan are open to ensure that the perpetrators of the horrible crime are brought to justice".

Meanwhile, heads of delegations attending to the twelfth BIMSTEC ministerial meeting, have adopted the BIMSTEC Convention for Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking. By Ravi Shankar (ANI)

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