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Mutual Inspection of the creeks of the Naaf River
between Bangladesh and Burma

Maungdaw, 20th March 02: 
On the 9th March, the battalion commander level inspection of the creeks of the River Naaf was mutually conducted by the Bangladeshi and Burmese border security forces,  according to an unnamed surveyor in the Township Survey Department of Maungdaw, the western border town of Arakan (Rakhine State)  in Burma. 

The Burmese side consisting of six members of the Nasaka border security forces was led by the Nasaka Area 7 Commander,  Major Min Swe Myint.   The Bangladesh side consisting of equal number of members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) 'Battalion 36'  was led by Major Muhammad Araj Hussein.

The joint inspection team began their trip from Nasaka Area No. 4 (Leikra Headquarters) at 10 in the morning and checked Bilachari creek, Byaing (Bagarbil) island, and  another newly formed island on the Bangladesh side where  the Bangladesh side allegedly attempted to build  dams previously, and which according to the source were pulled down.

While the BDR side demanded the inspection of the Dabfari creek in Kyigyun (Crow) Island (where the Burmese side started constructing a cross dam at the beginning of 2001, resulting in a tense situation in the area in the face of a strong protest by the Bangaldesh side), the Burmese side was able to tactfully divert the attention of the Bangladesh side on that matter,  it was learnt.

Previously Brigadier Gen. Maung Oo, the commander of the Western Command, visited Kyi Gyun on 21st February 2002 and told the residents there that there would be a cross dam built shortly on the River Naaf.  Kyi Gyun Island is a strategically important island for both Burma and Bangladesh because the common border between the two countries along the Naaf River is decided according to the direction of current flowing down from the island, while the shape of the island often changes during the monsoons when flash flood from upriver either erodes or fills up the shoreline of the island.  #