Claim on St. Martin’s Again

Myanmar envoy summoned

Staff Correspondent

15 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday summoned the Myanmar envoy and protested the country’s attempt to claim the St Martin’s Island as part of their territory.

Director General (South East Asia wing) M Delwar Hossain summoned Acting Ambassador Aung Kyaw to his office and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him.

The foreign ministry asked the Myanmar envoy to take immediate steps to remove the St Matin’s Island of Bangladesh from his country’s map on the official websites.

The Myanmar authorities cannot deny the responsibility for this utter misrepresentation by just giving a disclaimer. This is absolutely unacceptable, the protest note reads.

Earlier, Myanmar government affirmed through a note that they have removed all links on their official websites showing the Saint Martin’s Island on their map.

“But, with great concern, it is being noticed that the advanced interactive map section of the website of the Department of Population under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population of Myanmar (www.dop.gov.mn) containing various Geographic Information System (GIS) data on Myanmar still shows the similar data gradients for the Saint Martin’s Island as those of Myanmar”, the protest note says.

Besides, the website of Myanmar Statistical Information Services (www.mmsis.gov.mm) shows the St Martin’s Island with the same colour as that of Rakhine state, while a different colour has been used for other parts of Bangladesh.

The continuation of such misrepresentation, despite the assurance on the part of Myanmar that effective measures will be taken to redress the issue, could therefore be construed as a deliberate attempt of Myanmar, reads the note.

Talking to media, Director General M Delwar Hossain said they have asked the Myanmar envoy to give reason behind it and the envoy assured of taking steps in this regard.

Earlier in October 2018, Myanmar made the similar attempt and was handed over a strong-worded protest note.

Then Myanmar envoy acknowledged the matter, saying it was a mistake to show St Martin’s Island as part of their territory.

Bangladesh government summoned Myanmar envoy five times in the last two months over various issues.

 


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