BGB Chief to visit Naypyidaw

Chittagong, Bangladesh: Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed is to visit Naypyidaw for holding meeting with Burma Border Guard Police (BGP) on June 10, according to BGB official report.

“BGB Director General Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed will lead an 8-member delegation while the Director General of BGP (Burma Border Guard Police) will lead the Burma team for the four-day-long talks.”

In the meeting, Bangladesh will demand Burma should punish the Border Guard Police (BGP) troopers responsible for the killing of (BGB) officer after carrying out a proper investigation, according to Bangladesh home ministry official.

Bangladesh will also why Burmese army moved along the zero line of the frontier which violated the international border agreement signed between Bangladesh and Burma in 1980, without any provocation, during the talks at Naypyidaw in Burma, the Home ministry official added.

“Myanmar’s border force cannot kill our staff and Myanmar cannot move its military along the frontier. As per the international border agreement, the armed forces of both countries cannot be deployed within five kilometers from the zero line,” Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed said. “If the army is deployed for any purpose, the counterpart must be informed about it.”

The BGB chief informed that they will urge their counterpart to start border coordinated patrolling between the border areas of the friendly countries to stop cross-border terrorism.

“Dhaka will also ask its counterpart to prevent trafficking of narcotics and drugs, especially Yaba, and wine.”

The Bangladesh side will also arise at the upcoming meeting about the difficulties of Bangladeshi fishermen on the Naff River and in the Bay of Bengal and also will put up the issue that the Burma steps to prevent planting of improvised explosive devices in the border area, according to Home ministry official.

Bangladesh wants to exchange of higher-level visits; arrangement of friendly games and sporting events between the border forces of the two countries; and frequent meetings at different levels of command.

The Bangladesh delegation will also discuss repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Burma since the Rohingya issue is the main reason for the tension at the border with Burma.
Sources from the relief ministry said there are 35,329 Rohingyas living in two registered Rohingya camps — Nayapara in Teknaf, Kutupalong in Ukhiya — and more than 100,000 Rohingya living in unregistered camp – Lada in Teknaf and Kutupalong in Ukhiya- they are not willing to go back.

Another 285,329 Rohingyas are illegally staying in different areas of Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts. Around 250,877 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh in 1991. Of them, 236, 599 were repatriated through the UNHCR by 2005

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