Dhaka won’t allow
territory for anti- Burma military regime acts
Dhaka, 7 July 03: Bilateral relation between Bangladesh and Burma
received a positive spurt with Dhaka’s assurance to the visiting Burma FM, Win
Aung, that Dhaka will not allow its territory for use by any power to harm
Burma, According to the daily star.
“ Non-interference in the internal affairs of another
country is our principled stand,” said Foreign Secretary Shaansher
Mobin Chowdhury while
briefing journalists on the talks held yesterday between the two foreign
ministers in Dhaka.
The visit follows relentless pressures from US and many Western nations on Burma
to set free the captive pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and to improve
human rights condition.
The foreign secretary maintained that Dhaka obtained
commitments from the visiting Burma FM to tack back the stranded Rohingya
refugees; to move ahead with the construction of the Dhaka-Rangoon highway; and
to obtain Burma’s
diplomatic support for Bangladesh’s
membership in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
The foreign secretary also confirmed that the Burma FM handed over a letter to
The Prime Minister on behalf of the Burma
While Bangladesh Foreign Secretary declined to disclose the content of the letter,
The Daily Star has learnt that the letter sought assurance from Bangladesh
land, Air or sea will not be allowed for use by any country for military
purpose against Burma.
The foreign Secretary said Burma
to be the first country to obtain membership of the ARF.” We unequivocally
support your membership in the ARF”, the foreign secretary quoted the Burma FM
The meeting between two foreign ministers made progress in threshing out
various details for the construction of the Dhaka-Rangoon road. The issue
gathered dust for a while as India
proposed a different route to connect India’s
remote Northeast region through the proposed Asian highway.
On the question of political instability and human rights abuses in Burma,
the foreign secretary said, “ we want no foreign
interference in Burma.
We want stability, development, cooperation and wish Burma
The visit highlights the difficulties that the Burma
military regime is facing amid diplomatic pressures and insinuated military
threats from the US.
The courting of Dhaka’s friendship at this critical hour
seems too important to Burma,
the paper said.
“Of course we want democracy in Burma”,
said the foreign secretary in response to a question. “ But
we oppose any kind of external intervention in Burma’s
internal affairs”, he emphasised.
The Burma FM arrived in Dhaka on Saturday and left
yesterday for Delhi. He is expected
to carry the support for non-interference in his country’s internal affairs
from another of SPDC’s closest neighbours, India.