Myanmar Denies Indian ‘Hot Pursuit’ in Its Territory

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Yangon: Myanmar on Wednesday denied media reports that Indian forces had attacked militants inside its territory and said it would not tolerate rebel groups using its soil to attack neighbours.

Yesterday, the government had said the Army had hunted down a militant group operating in Manipur, close to Myanmar’s long western border. The militants were allegedly involved in the killing of 20 soldiers in an ambush in Manipur last week.

The media had cited sources as saying soldiers had crossed into Myanmar and killed some 15 militants who escaped across the border, after coordination between the two countries.

In a Facebook post Wednesday Zaw Htay, director of Myanmar’s presidential office, said: “According to the information sent by Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) battalions on the ground, we have learned that the military operation was performed on the Indian side at India-Myanmar border,” he said.

“Myanmar will not accept any foreigner who attacks neighbouring countries in the back and creates problems by using our own territory,” he added.

However, India continued to assert that the operation was carried out in Myanmar. Terming Myanmar’s stand as “diplomatic statement”, India confirmed that the operation was “carried out successfully by Indian Army and two camps running in Myanmar were destroyed”.

Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar refused to divulge any details about the operation, but asserted that the operation by the Army had “changed the mindset towards India”

On the other hand a crucial meeting is underway in Delhi’s North Bloc between NSA, RAW Chief, Manohar Parrikar and Rajnath Singh on the Myanmar to assess the current situation in the aftermath of Myanmar ‘Hot Pursuit’.

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