Myanmar says it will fence some remaining 40 miles of the 170 mile-border it shares with Bangladesh.
U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President’s Office made the announcement on Wednesday amid reports that Home Affairs Ministry’s current fiscal year does not have a budget for fencing, reports The Irrawaddy
Htay said Myanmar will start the construction without any delay.
“We will fence it by all means; it won’t wait until next year. We don’t know where the funds will come from, but we’ll do it anyway," he said.
The high-level meeting was arranged for discussing the situation in Rakhine State and issues relating to Myanmar's rule of law.
President U Htin Kyaw, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, both of the country’s vice presidents, the Upper House speaker, Military Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the deputy military chief, and the ministers of home affairs, defence, and border affairs including the members of National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) were present at the meeting.
Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe, Military Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy discussed the urgent repair and construction of fences along the Bangladeshi border.
Besides, a speedy budget allowance for the process, and increasing security troops in areas near the existing border fence were also discussed.
Upper House lawmaker U Khin Maung Latt of the Arakan National Party (ANP) said he believed that Parliament would approve the fencing budget if asked.
He said: “Fencing is a must. Problems arose because the fence was compromised. Compared to fences used internationally, ours are very low in quality. You can see that the fencing was broken and crossed."
Border Affairs Minister Maj-Gen Than Htut also said his ministry is working for the development of Rakhine State and border areas is their main concern.