Will drive away Indian rebels, says Myanmar army official

A top Myanmar military official has said no organisation that poses a threat to India’s security or interests will be allowed to stay in Myanmarese territory.

Addressing the three-day India-Myanmar regional border committee meeting, Major General Phone Myat, commander of the North West Command of Myanmar Army, said the military will fight off such outfits under the commander-in-chief.

The 11th edition of the meet, held at the headquarters of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles here, concluded on Friday. An 18-member delegation from Myanmar attended the meet, held under the aegis of the Indian Army’s Spear Corps. The Indian delegation was headed by Lt General Anil Chauhan, GOC, Spear Corps.

Several militant outfits – National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit), United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), Kamatapur Liberation Organization, among others – are thought to have set up base in Myanmar. In the past few years, there have been several incidents of militants launching attacks on Indian security forces from their hideouts in Myanmar. Indian special forces have, in turn, launched surgical strikes on the militants along the India-Myanmar border.

In this context, the statement comes as a reassurance to the Centre, which is concerned about militant activity in the region. The senior Myanmar military officer said he hopes the two armies of the neighbouring countries continue to maintain friendly relations and can successfully arrive at a peaceful resolution to the border issues.