Doval may push Myanmar for extradition treaty

Doval may push Myanmar for extradition treaty

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval's visit to Myanmar next week may see New Delhi prodding Nay Pyi Taw to start negotiations over a proposed bilateral extradition treaty.

The agreement will make it easier for India to get back insurgent leaders after their arrest in the neighbouring country.  Doval will visit Yangon on June 18 and 19, close on the heels of Indian Army’s raid on two rebel camps inside the neighbouring country.

He will meet senior officials of the Myanmar government and Army to explore ways to boost bilateral security cooperation, particularly in the area of sharing of intelligence inputs and coordination among armed forces and border-guards of the two neighbouring nations, officials in New Delhi told Deccan Herald.

The NSA is likely to call on Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, inviting him on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a visit to India.

He is also expected to share with the Myanmarese government officials a dossier put together by the National Security Council secretariat in consultation with the intelligence agencies detailing locations of camps run by insurgent North-East outfits inside the neighbouring country.

The dossier will also include a list of insurgent leaders whom New Delhi will request Myanmar to arrest and hand over.

The list will include S S Khaplang, who heads a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). It is, however, still not clear how Nay Pyi Taw will respond to New Delhi’s request for his arrest as he is a citizen of Myanmar and his organisation still has a ceasefire agreement with the armed forces of the neighbouring country.

Paresh Barua, the elusive leader of the hard-line faction of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), also purportedly uses Myanmar territories for transit.

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