Myanmar envoy summoned again

Staff Correspondent

16 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government on Tuesday summoned the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka over his country’s illegal construction of bricked establishments within 150 yards of the Zero Line between the two countries.

The foreign ministry of Bangladesh summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Lwin Oo and handed over a strong worded protest note over the issue.

Through the Myanmar envoy, Dhaka wanted to know detailed explanations of the matter from Naypyidaw.  Ambassador U Lwin Oo attended the foreign ministry here along with two officials from the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka.

According to diplomatic sources, from the Myanmar envoy, the foreign ministry wanted to know the reasons for establishing illegal settlements within 150 yard of the Zero Line.

Dhaka asked for explanations for what reasons the neighbouring country is constructing bricked establishments at Tumbru Khal near the border area of Bandarban.

In reply, the Myanmar envoy said that as far as he knows the establishments are being built outside 300 yards of the Zero Line and that are not bricked establishments at all.

There have been temporary establishments from the past and the pillars of them are being bricked, he said.

The Myanmar ambassador also said he would convey Dhaka’s concern over the issue to Naypyidaw.