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No intrusion by Myanmar troops near Haolenphai in Manipur: MEA

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Aug 28, 2013 at 10:40pm IST

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has denied intrusion from Myanmar Army in Manipur and said the movements were inside the Myanmar side of the border.

"India and Myanmar have very excellent and cordial relationship. We have just been informed by the Ministry of Home Affairs which oversees the border on that part of our border that there have not been any intrusion. There has been some activity on the Myanmar side of the border," said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

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Akbaruddin's comment was in response to reports that the Myanmar Army crossed into the Indian border and set up camps at Haolenphai in Manipur on August 22. The camp is located at 3 kms from the police station at the border town of Moreh.

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 Myanmarese 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. "We hope to take it (the proposal) forward (through India's Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhyay)," Akbaruddin added.

As per the understanding, there cannot be any construction within 10 metres from the boundary, they said.

(with additional inputs from PTI)

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