Fences along Myanmar-India not intended to prevent migration: MoFA

Nyein Zaw Lin

Building of fences along India-Myanmar doesn’t mean to limit legal migration according to the statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 9.

In the statement, the main aim of fencing along the Myanmar-India, between BP mile post 145 and 146, is to effectively control the border management by the regional authority. Myanmar will abide by the agreements made with India in building fences.

Myanmar has instructed not to build buildings within (10) meters of fences. therefore, for the convenience of both citizens, gates will be built in necessary places, Foreign Ministry stated.

Local civic organizations called for the stopping of fences along Myanmar-India border area. Too many fences can create social problems for the local people and armed conflicts may arise between government forces and  ethnic armed forces. This has been a reason for opposition to the building of fences and led to calls to stop the building process.

Local civic organizations also made a statement pointing out that the India-Myanmar border is about 1643 kilometers long. It has closely situated with Naga province in north-east of India, Mizoram, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. In Myanmar, the self-administrative Naga region, Chin, Kachin, and Sagaing region are closely located with India. Moreover, the Myanmar-India border area plays an important role for trans-border living communities such as Naga, Chin, Kuki, and Kachin. Without taking the consent of the local people, building fences may affect stability, regional peace and socio-economic lives of these people and also violating their rights, it is argued.

Translated by May Aung Shwe