Bangladesh team leaves for Myanmar for maritime boundary talks

20:58, March 15, 2010      

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A high-level Bangladesh team, comprising officials and experts, left capital Dhaka Monday for Myanmar to hold a two-day maritime boundary talks, a foreign ministry official said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Md Jashim, told Xinhua that "the team that left Dhaka on Monday for Yangon will hold meeting on March 16-17."

Additional Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (retd.) M Khorshed Alam is leading the 11-member Bangladesh team to Myanmar, he said.

In a meeting held in Bangladesh in December last year, both Dhaka and Yangon reached a consensus to demarcate maritime boundary through a coordinated policy to resolve dispute.

"The December meeting decided that the next meeting would be held in Myanmer in April this year but Yangon recently expressed its interest to set this month so we responded positively," another foreign ministry official said.

The official who preferred to be unnamed said dispute over the maritime boundary between the two neighboring countries arose as Bangladesh protested Myanmar's move for extracting mineral resources from a block in the Bay of Bengal in 2008.

Due to the dispute, he said Bangladesh also failed to award its offshore areas to the international oil companies. Against this backdrop, Bangladesh formally raised the issue at the Arbitration Tribunal of the United Nations in October last year.

Source: Xinhua
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