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‘Bangladesh for resolution through dialogues’

Update : 31 May 2014, 08:51 PM

Bangladesh wants to solve all border related disputes with Myanmar through mutual discussion and more engaged manner, the foreign secretary says.

“We want to settle all disputes peacefully as stability in the area is extremely crucial for development in future,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

Bangladesh does not want Myanmar to allow any action which might disrupt bilateral relationship and evil elements take advantage of it, he added.

Tension ran high on the Bangladesh-Myanmar frontier when the border guards of the two countries traded gunfire on May 28 and again on May 30. BGB’s Naik Md Mizanur Rahman was killed on May 28 and two other members went missing on May 30, but later they were found alive on Saturday morning.

The Foreign Ministry yesterday summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Myo Myint Than for the second time in three days to strongly protest the untoward incidents along the border. Secretary (Bilateral) Mustafa Kamal handed over a note verbale, a formal communication from Bangladesh to Myanmar.

“We have summoned him and handed over a verbal note protesting the incidents and we want to solve any problem through mutual discussion,” the foreign secretary said.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Anup Chakma also discussed the issue with Myanmar foreign ministry yesterday, he said.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar ambassador, who was summoned on Thursday once before and handed over a note verbale in protest of the firing and detention of a member of a BGB patrol team by Myanmar Border Guard Police along the Bangladesh-Myanmar international border, was called for the second time yesterday.

The foreign secretary said the director general of Border Guard Bangladesh will go to Myanmar on a five-day visit to discuss border security issue with his counterpart.

“We consider this meeting is very important and we hope that we can achieve some breakthroughs in the meeting,” he added.

The two countries will have foreign secretary level talks on June 18 and the security issues along with other bilateral matters will be also discussed in the meeting, Shahidul said.

About fencing the border, he said: “There is no such plan as the terrain is very difficult there.”

The foreign secretary at a programme recently said the main problem between the two countries was lack of trust and the most important thing was to change the mindset.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has urged Myanmar to withdraw troops, if deployed along the international border.

Dhaka formally communicated the message to Naypyidaw while Myanmar envoy in Dhaka Myo Myint Than was again summoned to the Foreign Ministry yesterday morning.

“While referring to reported deployment of Myanmar military forces alongside the Bangladesh-Myanmar international border, which is a violation of the Boundary Agreement of 1980, Bangladesh side urged Myanmar for immediate and total withdrawal of the Myanmar military, if deployed,” said a press release of the Foreign Ministry.

Secretary (Bilateral) of the Foreign Ministry Mustafa Kamal handed over a note verbale to the Myanmar envoy protesting unprovoked eruption of gunfire from the Myanmar border force in the afternoon on May 30 along the Bangladesh-Myanmar international border.

He asked the ambassador to stop firing by Myanmar border forces and take immediate measures for identification of the body that could be of Naik Md Mizanur Rahman who remained missing since May 28.

Bangladesh side also demanded a thorough investigation into the unprovoked recurrence of gunfire about 3:15 pm on Friday and abstaining from the same in future.

As per proposal made by the Myanmar side, a BGB team was waiting near border pillar no 52 to identify the body.

“All of a sudden the Myanmar border forces started firing on the waiting BGB team without any provocation,” said the press release.

The Myanmar ambassador assured that the matter would be duly conveyed to the authorities concerned in Myanmar immediately.

Bangladesh embassy in Myanmar also lodged a strong protest with the Myanmar Foreign Ministry on Friday demanding an immediate investigation into the matter and requested the Myanmar government not to allow any action that may affect the friendly bilateral relations that exist between the two neighbouring countries.

Kamal told the envoy that despite the recent border incidences, Bangladesh government in the spirit of good neighbourly relations has strongly encouraged the visit of the director general of BGB and his delegation to Myanmar from June 9-14.

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