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Bangladesh protests against Indian ship's alleged entering into its waters
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11:22, December 27, 2008

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Bangladesh Friday asked India to postpone any exploratory and development activities by Indian survey ship within Bangladeshi waters until wartime boundary between the two neighboring countries is settled by mutual agreement.

"The government of Bangladesh is lodging a formal protest with the government of India about the activities of the survey ship in Bangladesh waters," a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry said.

The spokesman said the Indian survey ship was seen conducting survey in the deep sea in block 14 at the maritime area claimed by Bangladesh on terms of Territorial Water and Maritime Zones Act 1974.

The Foreign Ministry said Bangladesh navy vessel that located the India survey ship during patrol asked them to leave Bangladeshi waters. While the survey ship initially moved towards the Indian waters, they later came back to its earlier location on Dec. 25.

When the Bangladesh navy asked for the second time the survey ship to leave the Bangladeshi waters, they claimed that it was in Indian waters.

Meanwhile, a Bangladesh navy officer said on condition of anonymity that despite protest, the three survey ships -- one belong to India and two to the Bahamas, continued their exploratory activities till Friday evening.

The officer said two more Bangladeshi naval ships were sent to the area to back up their patrol ship.

Source: Xinhua



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