Bangladesh wants to send army and border guards back by plane

Bangladesh wants to send army and border guards back by plane

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264 members of the country’s army, Border Guard Force (BGP), police, immigration and other agencies have taken refuge in Bangladesh to escape the ongoing conflict with the insurgent group Arakan Army in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Myanmar has officially offered to take them back to the Naf river route. But as fierce fighting continues between the two sides in Rakhine, Bangladesh wants to send Myanmar refugees back through alternative routes.

According to official and diplomatic sources on Tuesday afternoon, Bangladesh wants to make an alternative proposal to the country to take back the citizens of Myanmar by air instead of by sea. It is scheduled to be discussed in Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar, on Wednesday.

Fighting between the Myanmar army and rebel groups has intensified in the border areas of Bangladesh for several days. A mortar shell landed in Ghumdhum of Naikxyongchhari upazila of Bandarban last Monday amid the fighting. Two were killed. Yesterday morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Myanmar’s ambassador Aung Kyu Moe to Dhaka to protest this incident. In a protest letter given to him at that time, it is said that no warplanes of the Myanmar Air Force should enter the border of Bangladesh. Besides, Bangladesh will not accept any displaced people from Rakhine. Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Myanmar Division) Mia Mainul Kabir handed over the protest letter to the Myanmar ambassador.

Yesterday afternoon Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud told reporters in his office that due to the internal conflict in Myanmar, the incident of the people of the country entering Bangladesh and the casualties of Bangladeshis due to the ammunition coming from there is unintended, unwanted and unacceptable. In this regard, the ambassador of Myanmar has been summoned and protested.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a notification that Myanmar’s ambassador has been summoned and the Myanmar government has been urged to take action to stop any unacceptable activities that cause loss of life or damage to property in Bangladesh. The Myanmar Air Force conducts regular operations very close to the border and they are warned not to enter the Bangladesh border.

Discussion in Naypyidaw today
According to the related sources, Myanmar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Than Shwe met with the Ambassador of Bangladesh in Yangon today to take back 264 people from Myanmar’s army, border guard force (BGP), police, immigration and other agencies who took refuge in Bangladesh. Manowar Hossain is scheduled to discuss.

When asked to know, Manowar Hossain from Yangon told Prothom Alo on the phone last night, “I had a phone conversation with the country’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Luin Wu from Nay Pyi Taw last Monday morning.” At this time, due to the ongoing conflict in Rakhine, I request a courtesy meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Than Shwe regarding the speedy end of the untoward incident at the Bangladesh border and the return of the people. In view of that request, the meeting will be held on Wednesday (today).

Diplomatic sources in Dhaka said that Myanmar has made a formal offer to take refugees from Teknaf to Maungdu by boat. According to Myanmar’s proposal, Bangladesh will hand them over to the place between the maritime boundaries of the two countries.

According to the relevant government sources, fierce fighting between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army continues in Rakhine. Three of the 10 battalions in Rakhine State are now under the control of the Arakan Army after the last few days of fighting. In this, at least 750 members of BGP left the border post and fled in search of safe shelter. In such a situation, the scope of control of the Arakan Army is increasing there.

Several related officials told this reporter on condition of anonymity that Myanmar wants to take back their people by sea. But Bangladesh thinks that there is a security risk. Because the fierce fighting between the two sides in Myanmar is still going on, there is a growing fear of the country’s citizens leaving the Rakhine border post to enter Bangladesh. As a result, in this situation, it is better to send Myanmar people seeking refuge in Bangladesh by air instead of Naf River. Taking this into consideration, Bangladesh will now offer Myanmar to allow their people to return by air.

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