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Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Thai Burma border talks positive

Thailand and Burma have agreed on closer co-operation to tackle the illegal drugs trade on their common border.

The two sides reached the agreement after three days of talks, the first high level discussions on border problems for two years.

Reports from Bangkok say the Thai delegation expressed satisfaction over the talks, as well as surprise at the positive response from Burma on some of the issues.

The reports say Burma agreed to help destroy drug plantations identified by Thai intelligence.

Burma which is ruled by a military government also indicated it could take back refugees living in Thailand.

There were positive moves on withdrawing troops from Thailand's Chiang Mai district and on establishing a demilitarised zone in the border town of Mae Sai.

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