Tuesday, 6 December, 2022

‘We won’t walk into Myanmar’s provocations’

‘We won’t walk into Myanmar’s provocations’

Bangladesh has reiterated that it will not step into any provocations by Myanmar, noting that what is happening inside the Buddhist-majority country is their internal matter, reports UNB.

“We never step into any provocations. We are facing the situation cool-headedly,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters at his office on Tuesday when his attention was drawn about the situation along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Asked whether Bangladesh will take the issue to the UN, Momen said there is scope, but mentioned that the UN has become much weaker now. “We are doing what we need to do.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Aung Kyaw Moe several times since August and he “acknowledged” the firing of multiple mortar shells into Bangladesh territory.

The envoy, however, tried to deflect blame by asserting that the insurgents were engaged in fighting, firing heavy artillery and mortars, some of which landed inside Bangladesh territory. Bangladesh urged Myanmar to refrain from activities that inflict damage to the lives and livelihoods of people, noting that the ongoing situation is creating an atmosphere of “fear” among the innocent people living in the bordering areas with Myanmar.

The firing of shells from Myanmar caused human casualties, affecting the safety and security of the people and property inside Bangladesh and spreading panic among the residents of the bordering areas. Bangladesh also briefed the diplomats stationed in Dhaka in two groups about the situation and sought their cooperation to stop the violence that may destabilise the whole region.