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India, Myanmar to launch military offensive to evict separatists


Guwahati, Jan 3, IRNA -- India and Myanmar could launch a joint 
military offensive to evict Indian separatists having bases inside 
"We have already sent our troops to train Myanmarese soldiers and 
could well come to that stage of launching a joint military operations
to flush out militants from India`s northeastern region," Indian army 
chief General N.C. Vij told journalists Friday in Guwahati, capital of
India`s northeastern state of Assam. 
The army chief said the military assaults by Bhutanese troops were
continuing inside the kingdom. "Operations are on and reports say the 
militants were still in two camps where the offensive continues," Gen 
Vij said. 
"Up to 650 militants were either killed, captured, or surrendered 
during the operations on either side of the border. The figure 
includes rebels being neutralized by either Indian or Bhutanese 
forces." The army chief said it would be difficult for the rebels to 
`sustain` any longer with their `back` being broken by the Bhutanese 
soldiers since the operations was launched December 15. 
"But Bangladesh and Myanmar continue to be safe havens for the 
militants where they have a reasonable presence," Gen Vij said. 
The general ruled out any proposal for a joint military exercise 
with Bangladesh. "We don`t have any understanding as such with 
Bangladesh," he said. 
Contrary to Bhutanese claims that up to 3,000 militants were holed
up in the south of the kingdom, the army chief said there could have 
been anything between 1,200 to 1,500 rebels in Bhutan when the raids 
took place. 
"So far Bhutan has done a very good job and in matter of time we 
would be able to assess the situation," Gen Vij said. 
Bhutan has released no casualty figures. The rebels deny any major

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