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    DACCA, BANGLADESH AND BANGLADESH-INDIA BORDER

    INTRODUCTION: A conference in Dacca has resolved the growing problem which surrounded a large group of Bangladesh refugees stranded in India.

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    1. GV State guest house, Dacca 0.04
    2. GV INTERIOR PAN FROM Bangladesh delegation to Indian delegation seated at table 0.11
    3. CU Indian External Affairs Minister Eric Gonsalves, seated with delegation 0.15
    4. SV ZOOM TO Bangladesh Foreign Minister Humayun Rashid Chowdhury speaking 0.20
    5. SV Gonsalves speaking 0.24
    6. GV PAN Delegates during talks 0.33
    SOUND
    7. GV Indian soldiers with refugee relatives on river bank 0.37
    8. SV Indian soldiers talking to relatives in boat 0.41
    9. SV Bangladesh border forces (3 shots) 0.49
    10. SV Refugees waiting 0.52
    11. LV Bangladesh soldier landing by boat with message which is exchanged with Indian soldier 1.00
    12. SV Bangladesh officials waiting 1.04
    13. GV Refugees on river bank (2 shots) 1.12
    14. GV Refugees crossing river (3 shots) 1.30
    15. SV First refugees being greeted by officials (2 shots) 1.38
    16. GV Second batch of refugees crossing river (3 shots) 2.01
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    Background: DACCA, BANGLADESH AND BANGLADESH-INDIA BORDER

    INTRODUCTION: A conference in Dacca has resolved the growing problem which surrounded a large group of Bangladesh refugees stranded in India. A meeting was arranged between the two countries at Ministerial level after 3 tribal families had fled guerrilla fighting. Almost 600 people have been killed in the area over the last three years.

    SYNOPSIS: The refugee conference was held at the State Guest House in the Bangladesh capital, Dacca. The immediate problem was the five refugee camps established to accommodate the Bangladesh tribal families across the Indian border.

    Secretary to the Indian External Affairs Minister, Eric Gonsalves, opened the conference. He was followed by his counterpart from Bangladesh, Humayun Rashid Chowdhury.

    The tribal families had fled to India because they feared persecution from the Bangladesh Army following the intensification of the guerrilla war in the border area. Despite the fighting, Indian soldiers on the border are reported to have taken a sympathetic interest in the enquiries from relatives of the Bangladesh refugees. They were all waiting for word from the Dacca conference which was expected to grant the tribal families the right to return to Bangladesh.

    At least, news arrived at the border that agreement had been reached, and a Bangladesh soldier immediately carried the message to his counterpart on the Indian side of the border. The agreement guaranteed that all the returning families would not be harassed by government officials, and that the Bangladesh government would assist them in rebuilding their lives in their own country. But a question mark hangs over the exact number of refugees involved. India says there are seventeen thousand, but Bangladesh maintains there could be no more than five thousand.

    The first batch of refugees to cross the river returned with the few meager possessions they had managed to take with them when they fled. Shortly afterwards, they were followed by a second group. They were returning to a country where over half the population of 90 million suffers from ill-health and malnutrition, and where, according to the World Bank, there are 42,000 people for every trained health worker.

    Source: REUTERS - ATIQUL ALAM

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    Film ID:
    VLVA29SXB3NQIAHXQD9JZWB8ZHTUW
    Media URN:
    VLVA29SXB3NQIAHXQD9JZWB8ZHTUW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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