NEW DELHI, May 8 � India and Bangladesh have agreed to sign the extradition pact soon. The signing of the agreement is likely to pave the way for handover of ULFA general secretary, Anup Chetia.
A joint statement of India and Bangladesh signed at the end of the first meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) here on Monday said two countries agreed that both sides would expedite efforts to conclude the Treaty at the earliest.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni also reiterated their commitment that the territory of either side would not be allowed for activities inimical to the other and resolved not to allow their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary and other operations by domestic or foreign militant and insurgent organizations and their operatives, the statement said.
The Ministers noted that the signing of the Protocol to the Land Boundary Agreement had paved the way for settlement of all remaining land boundary issues. They agreed on the need for early implementation of the Protocol, including the early signing of the strip maps pertaining to Adverse Possessions and recently demarcated segments.
The two Ministers hailed the commencement of implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) to control cross-border illegal activities, and crimes, as well as for maintenance of peace and harmony along the border.
They expressed confidence that it would enhance cooperation between the border guarding forces of the two countries, and enable them to manage the identified vulnerable areas with a view to preventing criminal activities, illegal movement, acts of violence and loss of lives along the border areas. They also noted that the fencing work in 185 vulnerable patches along the international border was progressing satisfactorily.
Calling for vigorous efforts to upgrade border infrastructure, including Land Customs Stations and Integrated Check Posts, the Ministers welcomed the agreement to commence a bus service on the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati sector. It was agreed to expeditiously conclude the Motor Vehicles Agreement for regulation of passenger and cargo traffic.
Both sides reiterated their commitment to the early finalisation of the MoU for construction of the Akhaura-Agartala railway link, to be built with grant-in-aid assistance from India. They directed that infrastructure development works and land acquisition activities be taken up urgently.
The two sides agreed that necessary formalities for use of Chittagong and Mongla seaports for movement of goods to and from India through water, rail and road would be completed urgently.
Meanwhile, India has assured Dhaka that it would not take any unilateral decision on the Himalayan component of the proposed River Interlinking Project, which may affect Bangladesh. Both sides agreed to constitute a sub-group under the Joint River Commission (JRC) that would go into all aspects of the Tipaimukh Hydroelectric Project.
India appreciated the participation of Bangladesh in power projects in India, particularly in the North-Eastern states of India.