Chittagong, Bangladesh: A team of Bangladesh delegation led by the foreign secretary, Md. Shahidul Haque, attended the 7th round of the talks with Burma in Naypaydaw on June 13, according to foreign ministry official report.
“Burma’s deputy foreign minister U Thant Kyaw lead the Burma-side in the talk. During the meeting, ministry of foreign affairs says, Bangladesh is expected to raise the whole range of bilateral issues and also regional and international issues of mutual concerns.”
According to sources, the bilateral issues, cooperation in the energy sector, connectivity between the two countries through land, air and sea, border management including prevention of human trafficking, arms and illicit drugs smuggling will be given priority.
Besides, both sides, they will also discuss that trade and commerce, cooperation in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and livestock, culture and tourism, cooperation among the border security agencies and armed forces during the meeting, according to a media release.
It also said that the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees and return of the undocumented Rohingyas of Burma from Bangladesh will also get priority in the agenda.
However, the 11-member Bangladesh delegation comprising representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, ministries of home, civil aviation and tourism, shipping, disaster management, and Border Guard Bangladesh.
Similarly, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) had also reported against the Burmese authorities about the violation, but they are yet to respond to Bangladesh’s concern, sources in the home ministry and the BGB said.
The sources also said the Burmese army has planted land mines within 70 yards along border pillars 39 and 40 and 100 yards along border pillars 37 and 38 without informing Bangladesh.
BGB director General Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed told that the Burmese authorities not to plant land mines within 150 yards along its border with Bangladesh as per international rules.
“Land mines are used during war but not doing peace time. The Burma’s authorities have planted land mines, breaking the international border norms,” he said.
Maj Gen Ahmed also said, “When we raise the issue with the Burmese authorities, they don’t want to take any note and necessary step of it. They (Burmese authorities) have also violated the border agreement.”