Dhaka: The border authority of Burma has denied it has deployed troops along the border with Bangladesh after the maritime verdict announced by the ITLOS on 14 March.
The Burma authority clarified it during a commander level meeting with Bangladesh’s border security force BGB which was held in the Burmese border town Maungdaw on 17 March.
‘ Myanmar’s border security force – Nasaka – on Saturday denied troop mobilization along its border with Bangladesh, terming such reports as “mere rumour”, said a Bangladesh BGB official.
There were rumors spreading along the border that Burma had built up its troops along the border, particularly in northern Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships after the maritime verdict was announced by the ITLOS.
After such reports spread Bangladesh BGB officials sent a letter to their Burmese counterpart Nasaka on 15 March for a flag meeting to discuss easing tensions.
“We informed the Burma border security force in the meeting that we had information from different sources that Myanmar is mobilising troops at different points along the border, including Tumbro, Bolibazar and Maungdaw but the Nasaka leader categorically denied such troop buildup,”the official said.
“ Nasaka officials told us the rumour of troop mobilisation is nothing but rumour and no situation has arisen which requires deploying troops,”said the officail.
The meeting, held at the office of Sector-6 of Burma’s border force ‘Nasaka’ in Maungdaw where 10 members on the Burmese side were present, led by No 6 sector commander U Than Myint attended while Lt Col Zahid Hasan, commander of BGB Teknaf Battalion-42 who led an eight-member Bangladesh side.
Banglasdeh newspapers and TV channels reported that Burmese troops were mobilizing at different points on the border near Nikkhangchhari, Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas after a UN-backed tribunal last week sustained Bangladesh’s claim to 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic and territorial rights in the Bay of Bengal rejecting the claims of Burma.
It was learnt that Burma officials alleged in the meeting that Bangladesh media was spreading the rumour of troop mobilisation by Burma.