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Burmese Foreign Minister meets his counterpart in Dhaka

Dhaka, 3
rd March 03:  Bangladesh and Burma yesterday agreed to work out details on the proposed road link and a coastal shipping arrangement, according to the local press and news agencies in Dhaka.

The Burmese Foreign Minister U Win Aung had a discussion with his Bangladeshi counterpart, M Morshed Khan in an hour-long meeting, ‘held in an extremely cordial and friendly atmosphere’  as reported by BSS, the government news service  decided on setting up a joint commission at foreign ministers level, which would meet annually.  Matters of bilateral issues and economic cooperation dominated the talks, Foreign Secretary told newsmen.

The setting up of a joint commission at foreign ministers level is expected be finalised during the Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s visit to Rangoon on 19th this month. 

The Burmese foreign minister handed over a letter of invitation to the Prime Minister from Than Shwe, the chairman of the Burmese junta State Peace and Development Council.

On repatriation of the remaining nearly twenty thousand Burmese refugees in the squalid camps in the south-east of the country, the foreign secretary said that, the Burmese foreign minister gave full assurance of taking them beck ‘following verifications’.  He also added that there were more than quarter million Burmese refugees before, but now less than one tenth of the original is left, which would be resolved sooner rather than later.  But the present rate of repatriation of the refugees is so slow that only a couple of families are being repatriated every Wednesday, according to our border correspondent who quoted some of the residents there, which if continued will take a very long time,

Both sides expressed optimism that the visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia would further strengthen the sense of goodwill that the Burmese junta chief generated on his trip to Dhaka last December. 

The Burmese side also assured of their full support regarding the inclusion of Bangladesh in the ASEAN Regional Forum.   #