24 May,2018

Myanmar objected to Bangladesh’s installation of four CCTV cameras and 10 solar-powered security lamps and to growing population near the borderline prohibited by bilateral border agreement.

The Myanmar border guard force lodged the complaint at the Myanmar-Bangladesh Border Guard Force Battalion commander-level meeting on Wednesday held on the Bangladesh side near the Friendship Bridge, reiterating neighbouring authorities to remove the installation as soon as possible as they break the rules of the United Nations.

At the meeting, Bangladesh urged Myanmar to reduce the announcements delivered over loudspeakers near the border, as the noise caused anxiety for their nationals living in Bangladesh, and to reduce the volume of the broadcasts as there are schools and trainings nearby on their side.

The Bangladesh border guard said there are still difficulties in repatriation, though high-level bilateral meetings are being held regarding this.
They urged Myanmar’s security forces to inform Bangladesh when they carried out security measures along the border.

The Bangladeshi side also reminded the Myanmar side of holding a proposed regional commanding officer-level meeting.

They also asked the Myanmar side to inform them when they build infrastructure near the borderline.

At the meeting, Myanmar objected Bangladesh’s turning a blind eye to human habitation and a growing population near the borderline prohibited by bilateral border agreement and that the action constitutes Bangladesh’s support of illegal activity.

Myanmar authorities said the announcements sent over loudspeakers are meant to warn and control the illegal human habitation of families. Myanmar said they would not need to do this if Bangladesh cooperated with Myanmar.
The Myanmar border guard also reminded the Bangladeshi border guard of Myanmar’s offer to hand over five Bangladeshi people who were found on a fishing boat and are currently under detention in Myanmar. Bangladesh has not replied, Myanmar authorities said.
The Myanmar side also proposed to promote exchange of information between the two countries.
At the meeting, Myanmar also repeated their request for Bangladesh to stop construction of any structures in the non-construction zone near the borderline and objected to Bangladesh’s sending rations and giving escorts to those who come to the illegal structures to deliver the rations.