Dhaka Rangoon Talks conclude: meeting to solve border
Dhaka, 23rd May: During
the three-day long high-level border conference between Dhaka
and Rangoon that concluded
yesterday in Dhaka, a Joint Record of Discussion (JRD)
was signed between the officials of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Immigration
Headquarters of Burma, according to UNB.
The JRD, signed at the close of the meet, would pave the way for holding of
meetings every six months to sort out border-related problems and issues.
The two sides discussed cross-border smuggling, fishing in the Bay
of Bengal, cross-border human traffic, and also holding of
commander-level flag meetings and DG-level conference every six months.
The discussion also included issues like innocent trespassing by citizens of
both the countries, exchange of lists of detained persons on both the sides,
and a host of bilateral issues.
According to today the Ittefaq, the discussion
yesterday also included issues of quicker repatriation of fishermen caught
fishing on both sides of the international boundary in the Bay of
Bengal and quicker repatriation of the prisoners whose sentences
have long been over.
At present there are about one thousand Burmese prisoners in Bangladesh jails,
many of whose prison terms have expired for as mush as five years and who
cannot be repatriated due to the denial by the Burmese junta as their own
citizens. Many of the Burmese prisoners told our correspondent that due
to forced relocation of many of the families of the prisoners, they themselves
could not trace the whereabouts of their near and dear ones. In recent
months there has been a number of unrest in the prisons where these Burmese
prisoners have been kept including the prisons in Bandarban,
Comilla and Cox’s Bazaar.
side was led by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) director general Major General M Jahangir Alam Chowdhury
while the Burmese side was headed by the Director General of Immigration
Headquarters, U Maung Htay. According to a BDR
press release, deputy director general, director and sector commanders of BDR,
representatives from the ministries, departments and Joint
River commission were on the Bangladesh
delegation. The Burmese delegation included senior deputy director and
director of the Immigration Headquarters, and reperesentatives
from immigration, social welfare, and relief ministries. #