BGB, BGP agree to curb drug smuggling | 2018-07-13 |

BGB, BGP agree to curb drug smuggling

Staff Correspondent     13 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

A four-day border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) ended on Thursday where delegations from both sides expressed concern about the expansion of Yaba trade and agreed to cooperate with each other in preventing drug smuggling.

BGB said Bangladesh has a policy of zero tolerance for drug while Myanmar police said they are carrying out anti-narcotics operation as per their policy.

Brig Gen Md Majibur Rahman, Additional Director General (operation and training) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), briefed journalists about the outcome of the four-day border conference at Pilkhana BGB Headquarters in the capital on Thursday.

The delegations discussed pre-fixed agenda elaborately in a friendly environment, BGB official told journalists.

He also said the two sides also agreed to exchange information relating to border crimes immediately.

Saying that the same drug-related problems were prevailing among their young generation, the Myanmar side agreed to continue their efforts to prevent Yaba smuggling. Both sides have agreed to continue joint-patrolling along the border, BGB official said.

Both parties agreed to start the operations of the newly built border liaison offices at Bangladesh’s Teknaf and Myanmar’s Maungdaw.

BGB expressed deep distress over the recent firing at the border and crossing of Myanmar nationals into Bangladesh. In response, Myanmar said that they have already taken steps to avert such situation.

The Bangladesh side also expressed deep concern over the issues of border trespassing and requested the Myanmar side to maintain peace and stability along the border and also take necessary steps to stop those.

Both sides agreed to hold the next senior-level border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) in January 2019 at Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

The four-day summit between the two countries’ border forces began in Dhaka on July 9.

BGB Additional Director General Brig Gen Md Anisur Rahman led the 15-member Bangladesh delegation, while 11-member Myanmar delegation was led by its Chief of Police General Staff Police Brig Gen Myo Than.

Besides, high officials of home and foreign ministries and narcotics control departments of both countries were present at the summit.