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Burma And Bangladesh Open Border Talks - 2003-05-21


Burma and Bangladesh opened their first border talks in 10 years Tuesday and agreed to take steps against cross-border weapons smuggling.

The three-day meeting in Dhaka is also expected to focus on problems Bangladeshi fishermen face in the Bay of Bengal, illegal immigration and other bilateral issues.

The talks come after a visit to Burma in March by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and a trip to Dhaka last year by Burmese leader Senior General Than Shwe.

Bangladesh and Burma share some 300 kilometers of border, including about 100 kilometers in the Bay of Bengal.

The countries last held high-level talks in Rangoon in 1993.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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