Dhaka asks Yangon to desist from aggression

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:21, Feb 09,2017 | Updated: 08:51, Feb 09,2017


The government on Wednesday protested at the incident of firing by Myanmar border police on unarmed Bangladeshi fishermen in the Naf River and asked Myanmar to desist from aggression.
The foreign ministry, in a diplomatic note sent to the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka, said that firing at a fishing boat by Myanmar border guard police was an act of ‘unprovoked aggression’ that caused the life of an innocent Bangladeshi fisherman.
Myanmar border guards shot dead a Bangladeshi fisherman and injured another in the bordering river Naf at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar Monday morning.
Referring to a similar incident of unprovoked firing at a civilian boat on December 27, 2016, near Saint Martin’s island, the foreign ministry expressed deep concern at the repetition of such acts of aggression.
Such attacks ‘do not contribute towards building up of an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding among neighbours,’ the ministry said.
The foreign ministry urged the Myanmar government to ensure that the authorities concerned desist from repeating such an act of aggression.
Myanmar border guard police shot at the fishermen who inadvertently crossed the border along the middle-flow of Naf, officials said.
This was the second such incident took place in less than six weeks.
The foreign ministry, on December 29, 2016, summoned the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka
and sought assurance that Myanmar forces would abstain from attacking Bangladesh fishermen within Bangladesh maritime boundary.
At least four Bangladeshi fishermen were seriously injured in bullets fired by Myanmar Navy on a fishing boat within Bangladesh maritime territory near St Martin’s island on December 27, 2016.
In mid-December 2016, Mynmar border guards allegedly detained a Bangladeshi fisherman, Sona Mia, 35, while he was fishing in the river Naf. 

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