Myanmar removed heavy weapons from border: Home Minister

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 15:17, Mar 03,2018 | Updated: 23:46, Mar 03,2018


Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said Myanmar has removed its heavy weapons from Tambru border in Bandarban following a flag meeting held on Friday.

The minister came up with the information replying to a query from reporters at a programme arranged by Metropolitan Cooperative Society in city's Farmgate area.

‘During the flag meeting, the Myanmar authorities said they, upon receiving wrong information, deployed army and artillery along Tambru border in Naikkhongchhari of Bandarban,’ he said.

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh and Myanmar Border Guard Police of Myanmar will patrol their respective border areas in coordination from March 27, Asaduzzaman added.

Earlier on Thursday, BGB members were put on high alert as Myanmar army took position along the Tambru border in Naikhyangchari of Bandarban with heavy arms and ammunition.

The Foreign Ministry summoned the Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Lwin Oo over the deployment of troops and artillery and lodged its protest strongly.

In the wake of strong protest by Dhaka, Myanmar on Friday defended the deployment of troops and artillery along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border saying that it was done for internal security.

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