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Neighbours Cooperating On North-East Insurgency Issue
Tines of India News Service
Guwahati: Prime Minister IK Gujral said on Sunday that Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Myanmar and Nepal were cooperating with India in controlling insurgency in
the north-east.
Addressing a Press Conference here, he said "all our neighbours are
cooperating with us and there is no reason to complain". He described the
situation relating to trans-border insurgency in the north-east as
"radically different now".
The Prime Minister added, however, that "some difficulties are still
there" in preventing the underground groups from taking shelter in
neighbouring countries, but "this is not due to lack of cooperation".
Mr. Gujral reiterated his appeal to different underground groups in the
north-east to give up violence and come to the negotiation table. He said
the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) has resopnded to
the appeal for a dialogue and the cease-fire announced in Nagaland from
August 1 was still continuing.
He was confident that the steps initiated by the United Front Government
in the north-east for talks with undergrounds and for economic development
of the region would continue even after the change in government at the
centre. "Talks will continue. The strength of the Indian democracy is in
continuity. Elections are not an interruption," he said. 'There is no
reason that the economic package announced for the north-east will not be
pursued. Some programs are already part of the plan. Some are already
being implemented," he added.
He said the Rs. 6,100 crore economic package announced by former Prime
Minister HD Deve Gowda had now become worth Rs. 7,500 crore. Out of this,
projects worth about 1,000 crore were in the state sector and worth Rs.373
crore under the North-East Council plan.
Burma Junta Removes 3 Key Officials
The Asian Age
Rangoon, Dec. 7: Burma's newly named military government said on Sunday it
had removed three senior officials of the key National Convening
Commission in charge of drafting a new Constitution for the country.
A statement by the State Peace and Development Council said that NCCC
chairman Lie Myo Nyunt and chairman Lt.-General Maung Thint and
Brig.-General Myo Thant had been replaced.
Minister of hotels and tourism Maj.-General Saw Lwin was appointed the new
NCCC chairman, while the minister of religious affairs, Maj.-Gen. Sein
Htwa, and minister of social welfare, Brig.-Gen. Myo Thant had been named
vice-chairmen. The three officials who were replaced formerly belong to
the State Law and Order Restoration Council, the predecessor of the SPDC.
The SPDC was named on Nov.15. The SPDC, headed by Prime Minister Than Shwe
has several old faces from the SLORC in it, but some other military
leaders ministers have been left out. (Reuter)

The Burma Info.
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