Namphalong market re-opens, but border trade remains minimal
Source: The Sangai Express

Moreh, June 17: The Namphalong Market in Myanmar just across Moreh town was reopened today after remaining shut for a long time.

However, there was little cross-border transaction as the Moreh Gate no 2 which serves as the official gateway to Myanmar was closed shortly after it was reopened today.

On the other hand, a bilateral meeting was held between officials of two countries at the Immigration office located at Namphalong Market.

The Myanmarese delegation was represented by District Chairman of Tamu Lupi Wing, Col Aung Hung and the Immigration Officer while the Indian side was represented by ADC Moreh Th Chothe, Moreh Immigration Officer Md Jaman, OC Moreh PS W Nongyai and Customs Superintendent S Kilong.

During the meeting, the Indian delegates conveyed to their counterparts of their inability to open Moreh Gate No 2 at the moment because of the fluid law and order situation at Moreh.

Nevertheless, the Indian officials assured that they would put their best efforts to open Moreh Gate No 2 as soon as possible after consultations with relevant authorities.

Further, the Indian delegates appealed to their Myanmarese counterparts not to open Namphalong Market for some time until the official gate between the two countries is opened.

To this, the Myanmarese officials maintained that any decision to this effect can be adopted only after due communication with higher authorities of the Myanmar Government.

Speaking to this correspondent, Superintendent of Customs Preventive Force S Kilong while acknowledging their responsibility of reopening Moreh Gate No 2, conveyed certain reservations on reopening the gate as the law and order situation at the border town still remains fluid.

The Moreh Gate No 2 which was reopened today was closed shortly following intimations from security officials that reopening of the gate will be risky under the prevailing situation, conveyed Kilong.

Yet, he assured that the same gate will be opened soon after a meeting with officials concerned.

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