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Talks fail to resolve stalled survey

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SHILLONG, April 11 � Even after a week, the Indo-Bangla talks to help resume the stalled joint border survey of disputed areas couldn�t come to any settlement.

Survey officials from both the nations have been meeting from April 5 near the International border, but due to differences the survey could not take off, official sources said.

There are nine areas inside India � Pyrdiwah, Lyngkhat, Amki-Amjalong, Ranghong, Naljiri, Tamabil, Kurinala and Muktapur � that would be surveyed.

Only Lobacheera inside Bangladesh has been surveyed last year, which began on December 7. The survey was stalled sixteen days later due to alleged interference by border guards of the two nations.

�There has been no progress in the talks so far,� a survey official said about the ongoing negotiations to resume the joint survey.

The official said the reason for the delay is the areas which Bangladeshi side is claiming. Bangladesh, he said, is claiming areas which are not disputed at all and falls totally inside India.

The Indian side on the other hand are claiming areas which their counterpart has rejected to survey. �There are these problems of claims and counter-claims which need to be sorted out,� the official said.

Although disappointed, the official said he was optimistic that both sides would find a solution and the survey would resume. Once the survey is completed both the countries would know the exact territory that is in �adverse possession� of the two countries.

The decision to settle the issue of areas under adverse possession would then be settled at the highest level between the two countries and try put an end to the several-decade-old border problem.

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Talks fail to resolve stalled survey

SHILLONG, April 11 � Even after a week, the Indo-Bangla talks to help resume the stalled joint border survey of disputed areas couldn�t come to any settlement.

Survey officials from both the nations have been meeting from April 5 near the International border, but due to differences the survey could not take off, official sources said.

There are nine areas inside India � Pyrdiwah, Lyngkhat, Amki-Amjalong, Ranghong, Naljiri, Tamabil, Kurinala and Muktapur � that would be surveyed.

Only Lobacheera inside Bangladesh has been surveyed last year, which began on December 7. The survey was stalled sixteen days later due to alleged interference by border guards of the two nations.

�There has been no progress in the talks so far,� a survey official said about the ongoing negotiations to resume the joint survey.

The official said the reason for the delay is the areas which Bangladeshi side is claiming. Bangladesh, he said, is claiming areas which are not disputed at all and falls totally inside India.

The Indian side on the other hand are claiming areas which their counterpart has rejected to survey. �There are these problems of claims and counter-claims which need to be sorted out,� the official said.

Although disappointed, the official said he was optimistic that both sides would find a solution and the survey would resume. Once the survey is completed both the countries would know the exact territory that is in �adverse possession� of the two countries.

The decision to settle the issue of areas under adverse possession would then be settled at the highest level between the two countries and try put an end to the several-decade-old border problem.

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