Tatmadaw to train in India for UN peacekeeping duties: report


A group of Tatmadaw officers was due to train in India for United Nations peacekeeping duties in the first bilateral military exercise on Indian soil, Indian newspapers reported on November 18.

The training exercise involves 15 Tatmadaw officers and 16 Indian Army counterparts, The Economic Times reported.

It said the training would be held at a recently opened facility at Umroi in northeastern Meghalaya State, from November 20 to 25.

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Suneet Newton said the exercise would be the first bilateral military training in India as well the first training between the two countries for UN peacekeeping duties, the Times of India reported.

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“The aim of this bilateral training event is to train the Myanmar delegation for participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations under the UN Flag,” Newton said. 

He said the focus of the exercise, India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX – 2017), would be on training the Tatmadaw delegation in the tactics, procedures, expertise and methodology required to serve in UNPKO.

The Indian Army has a rich experience of serving in UKPO, Newton said.

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