Indo-Myanmar pact to tackle insurgency in north-east: Gogoi

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the Indo-Myanmar agreement would benefit the security of the north-eastern region by tackling the menace of insurgency in the area.

"The accord between visiting Myanmar president Thein Sein and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is good news for the north-east region from the security point of view", Gogoi told reporters here.

"Insurgent outfits like ULFA, NSCN and other groups from the region have set up camps in Myanmar. Like Bangladesh did, we are now hopeful after the accord that Myanmar will also oust them from their territory for peace, security and stability in the region", Gogoi said.

"Assam`s uppermost tip Sadiya, adjacent Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar are the bastion of the militants. This will be tackled by the agreement to enhance effective cooperation and coordination between the security forces of the two countries," he added.

The opening of the Stilwell Road, built during World War II in 1942 and passing through Burma would benefit Centre`s Look East Policy by intensifying trading activities with South Asia to bring about overall socio-economic betterment in the area, the CM said.