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Security alerts in Myanmar: Bangladesh Embassy more cautious than before

  • Published at 07:33 pm September 28th, 2019
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We are now more careful but not anxious, says senior diplomat

In light of security alerts issued by some embassies in Myanmar, following a leaked government memo warning of possible attacks, the Bangladesh embassy in Yangon is now more careful than before.

“Our embassy personnel were careful earlier. But, following the security alerts, they are now more careful than before,” a senior diplomat told the Dhaka Tribune.

“Our embassy, the residence of our ambassador, and diplomats and other officials of the mission are safe,” he said.

“I did not feel any visible enhancement of security following the alerts. But, the invisible security has surely been enhanced,” said another senior diplomat.

“The host country has provided our embassy, the residence of our ambassador, and embassy personnel with adequate security,” he said.

“Following the new security alerts, we are now more careful but not anxious,” he added.

The diplomat also said, “I don’t think there is any cause for concern for us. There is a reservation among the people of Myanmar about us. But, I am not fearful of any attack on our embassy, or the embassy personnel.”

The security alerts issued on Thursday, came in the wake of the leaked classified security warning that had been signed by the Myanmar President’s Office Director-General U Naing Swe Oo, issued by the President’s Office’s Politics and Security Department, and dated September 16.

The warning instructed governmental offices, and departments to take increased security measures because the Ministry of Home Affairs had reported a possible plan by ethnic armed groups to attack the area around the Naypyitaw Council building.

The United States Embassy in Myanmar issued a security alert, warning of potential attacks that could take place in Naypyitaw on September 26, October 16, and 26. The capital, as well as Yangon and Mandalay, were also under the threat of attack in the coming months.

The Canadian Embassy, the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the Australian Embassy issued similar security alerts, telling their citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to conflict areas in Rakhine, Chin, and Shan states, as well as Mandalay, Yangon, and Naypyitaw, reports The Irrawaddy.

Despite the issuance of warnings by the embassies to their fellow citizens and staff, the Myanmar government did not officially raise any public alert on the issue.