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India, Myanmar conduct joint survey at International border

IMPHAL: India and Myanmar on Friday conducted a joint survey of the border pillars between Moreh and Namphalong in Manipur sector of the Indo-Myanmar border.

No official of Manipur government was included in the survey conducted at border pillars no. 78 and 79 as well as subsidiary pillars between the two main pillars. The joint survey was conducted against the backdrop of allegations of border pillar no. 81 being shifted towards Manipur.

Among the Indian officials were joint secretary (Bangladesh and Myanmar) of Union ministry of external affairs (MEA), Vikram Doraiswamy, joint secretary (border management), AV Dharma Reddy and director of Survey of India Director (International Boundary), SK Sinha.

They conducted the survey along with Myanmarese officials led by deputy director general administration Tamu district, Nyii Thun Kyaw. 

The survey started from border pillar no. 78 standing near Naphalong market of Myanmar. 

The team did not visit the exact spot where the border pillar no. 79 is situated. After the survey the officials of both the countries attended a bilateral meeting at the office of Myanmar’s Tamu district administration at Tamu Bazar, a report received here said. 

The three officials of government of India arrived in Imphal on Thursday and proceeded to Moreh by helicopter today at around 9.30 am.
The Indian officials will leave Imphal for Delhi on November 3, an informed source said.

Today’s survey at the Manipur sector of the Indo-Myanmar border was months after a Central team inspected the Indo-Myanmar border pillar no. 81 after villagers claimed that its location was moved towards Manipur’s territory in July this year.

Villagers of Kwatha Khunou where the border pillar is erected claimed that the location of the pillar has been shifted from its original place three kilometers inside Indian Territory.

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