Both sides have agreed to curb drug smuggling, illegal arms trading, women and child trafficking, as well as all other crimes
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) handed over a list of fugitive drug dealers to Myanmar at the end of the four-day border guard-level summit held in Dhaka.
Additional Director General (operation and training) of BGB Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman disclosed the matter to journalists and briefed them about the outcome of the border conference at Pilkhana BGB headquarters, in the capital.
The conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) ended on Thursday; delegations from both sides agreed to prevent transnational crime, enhance border security, and ensure better border management.
Both sides have agreed to curb: drug smuggling, illegal arms trading, women and child trafficking, as well as all other crimes—by initiating joint-border patrols, increasing surveillance of border areas, and maintaining communication between field-level commanders of the two countries.
The two sides also agreed to exchange information relating to border crimes immediately, Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman said after signing a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD).
The delegations discussed a predetermined agenda, elaborately, in a friendly environment, the BGB official told journalists.
They expressed deep concern and anxiety over drug smuggling, especially yaba pills, he said.
Mentioning the consequences of yaba on the young generation of both countries, the meeting concluded with both sides agreeing to cooperate with each other in preventing drug smuggling.
Saying that the same drug-related problem was prevalent among their youth, the Myanmar side agreed to continue their efforts to prevent yaba smuggling. "Both sides have agreed to continue joint-patrols along the border," said the BGB official while briefing the press.
The Bangladesh side expressed deep concern over border trespassing and gunfire on the border; and also requested the Myanmar side to maintain peace and stability along the border and take necessary steps to stop the criminal activities.
In response, the Myanmar side assured Bangladesh that necessary steps have been taken to stop these occurrences, said Brig Gen Mujibur Rahman.
BGB Additional Director General Brig Gen Md Anisur Rahman led the 15-member Bangladesh delegation, while the 11-member Myanmar delegation was led by Police Brigadier General Myo Than, chief of police general staff of Myanmar.
Border security issues, including: preventing the smuggling of illegal drugs, especially yaba pills; firing at the frontier by BGP and Myanmar’s army; trespassing into Bangladesh territory by Myanmar nationals; operating Myanmar military helicopters and drones at border areas; removing landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from the no-man’s land of the border; setting up a Border Liaison Office; implementing development activities on the frontiers; and steps to increase mutual cooperation as well as confidence—were on the agenda of the border talks.