Wednesday, 5 October, 2022

Bangladesh's continental shelf: MoFA secretary discusses amended submission with CLCS chair

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Maritime Affairs Unit Secretary Rear Admiral Md Khurshed Alam (retired) and Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) Chair Adnan Rashid Nasser Al-Azri have discussed Bangladesh's amended submission to the CLCS.

Khurshed has said the final recommendation of the United Nations would provide a basis for the exploration, conservation and development of living and non-living natural resources that would help ensure Bangladesh's sustainable development, energy needs and prosperity of the people.

Muhammad Abdul Muhith, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, was also present.

Based on the binding verdicts of the international tribunals, the Bangladesh government reviewed its submission and lodged a fresh version to the Commission on October 22, 2020.

In the amended submission, delimitation lines prescribed by the tribunals were used to determine the limits of Bangladesh's continental shelf.

The purpose of the CLCS is to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea regarding the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured.

Under the Convention, a coastal state is supposed to establish the outer limits of its continental shelf where it extends beyond 200 nautical miles based on the recommendation of the Commission.