Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win has rejected the reports on military mobilization along its border with Bangladesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the capital, Dhaka on Friday.
“No such event has taken place,” a foreign ministry press statement quoted Burmese foreign minister as telling to Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni during the meeting on the sidelines of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday.
Nyan called the actions in frontier as “routine exercise” by their “border security force.”
“Regarding recent media reporting on troops’ movement along the Bangladesh-Myanmar borer, the Myanmar foreign minister stated that no such event has taken place and these routine exercise by their border security force,” the statement noted.
On October 11 last, Bangladesh foreign minister rejected reports that Burma has built up heavy security along the Bangladeshi border following Dhaka’s declaration that it’s taking both New Delhi and Rangoon to a UN tribunal to resolve the festering row over maritime boundary.
“I had talks with the Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar and our foreign secretary also discussed it with Myanmar’s ambassador in Dhaka. We came to know that it’s a routine movement of Myanmar forces,” Bangladesh foreign minister told a press briefing at the foreign office in Dhaka on the day.
Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mijarul Kayes handed over copies of Dhaka’s notification to the UN and its claims of sea territory to Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty and Myanmar Ambassador U Phae Thoan Oo on October 8 last.
During the last couple of days, both local and foreign media reported that Rangoon reinforced army troops and continued erecting barbed wire fencing in the frontline prompting a counter security alert in Bangladesh side.
Bangladesh also puts its paramilitary BDR on alert, according to reports.
BBN/SS/SI/AD-17October09-3:39 pm (BST)