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Meet to examine border records

- Central team to inspect Manipur maps

Imphal, Dec. 27: A team of the Surveyor General of India will arrive here tomorrow to examine existing records and maps of the 350km Manipur-Myanmar border, along with Manipur’s all-party committee.

Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh has convened a meeting of the committee, comprising members of 13 political parties, at his conference room here at 1pm tomorrow to examine the records with the visiting central team.

The examination is part of an exercise to resolve the existing border dispute between Manipur and Myanmar.

“The Surveyor General of India team is bringing records and maps of the border. We have also gathered all the existing records. We will compare the records and try to find the exact position of the border,” Congress MLA R.K. Anand Singh, who is the convener of the political committee, told The Telegraph.

Altogether 15 political parties set up a committee to deal with the border dispute after a strong public demand.

Initially, the BJP and Manipur People’s Party were part of the committee. However, the two parties pulled out of the committee, alleging that the chief minister was not sincere in dealing with the issue.

Official sources said the Centre was sending the team after examining a report submitted by another central team headed by Shambhu Singh, joint secretary (Northeast) in the Union home ministry, which carried out a spot verification of the border at Moreh on December 7.

The central team visited Moreh, where the dispute is concentrated, after a delegation of the political committee led by Ibobi Singh highlighted the border issue before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde last month. “The joint meeting will try to find the exact position of the international boundary and also decide the next step to resolve the dispute. The Centre will take the next step after the examination,” Anand said. The Myanmar authorities have been asking their Indian counterparts to stop the construction of an integrated checkpost at Moreh, 109km from Imphal, saying the site is on Myanmar territory.

The residents of Myanmar’s Tamu district also took out a rally on Tuesday, protesting against the checkpost construction. The checkpost construction is still under way, sources at Moreh said. The Myanmar army also tried to construct a military base at Hollenphai, a Kuki village, 3km from Moreh town.

The residents are also protesting against the construction of a 10km border fence by the Union home ministry at Moreh because vast tracts of land have been left beyond the fence.

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