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Army chief: Barbed-wire fencing of Rohingya camps is in process

  • Published at 09:24 pm November 24th, 2019
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Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army General Aziz Ahmed during regimental colours presenting ceremony in Ramu Cantonment on Monday, November 24, 2019 ISPR

The army chief mentioned the developments after presenting regimental colours to six units at a ceremony in Ramu Cantonment on Monday

Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army, General Aziz Ahmed has confirmed that the process of fencing the Rohingya Camps with barbed-wire has begun.

Furthermore, he mentioned that the process of fencing will be implemented in two of the camps primarily -- Ukhiya, Kutupalong and Nayapara, Teknaf.

The army chief mentioned the developments after presenting regimental colours to six units at a ceremony in Ramu Cantonment on Monday. General Aziz presented regimental colours to 6, 9 and 27 Field Regiment Artillery under the Ramu Cantonment, 6 Engineer Battalion, and 13 and 14 Infantry Regiment.    

According to the ISPR, General Aziz congratulated the receivers of regimental colours and noted the honour that is bestowed on the unit while hoping that the awardees will work tirelessly to fulfil their duties responsibly and sacrifice their all in maintaining the honour of their regimental colours and the general public’s trust on the army.

“Apart from keeping the sovereignty of the country intact, the Bangladesh Army is playing an important role in tackling natural and man-made disasters along with socioeconomic and infrastructural development of the county,” General Aziz said.

While speaking to the press, General Aziz talked about the on-going process of fencing along the borders of Rohingya camps in Kutupalong, and Teknaf.

The army chief further said: “Along with that (fencing), the Bangladesh government has given a green signal to installing barbed-wire fencing along 287 km of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. We are currently working towards achieving that goal.”

Regarding the improvement of relations between the two countries, General Aziz said: “Irrespective of whether they (Myanmar) are good or bad, they are our neighbour. A robust relationship between the two countries will be profitable for both parties. We wish to maintain that with all our neighbours. Following the foreign policy designed under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, we have been able to maintain good relations with all neighbouring countries.”

GOC 10th Infantry Division Major General MD Main Ullah Chowdhury, former chiefs of Army staff, members of the parliament, military high-ups, retired army personnel, journalists, and members of civil society were present at the event.