Narinjara News

 

Border landmines have far reaching effects

 

 

Dhaka, Dec 14: The demarcation of border areas, under the joint-border forces of Burma and Bangladesh, have been suspended since 1998, due to the presence of landmines in those areas.

 

The absence of joint-border forces of the two countries has increased the occurrences of cross border arms smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and cross border robberies, said a report in a weekend journal of Bangladesh.

 

The demarcation of the border area under the joint forces of the two countries began in 1984, but ended after only 14 years.

 

Between 1995 and 2000, the Burmese army planted a number of landmines throughout the border areas to prevent the Arakanese insurgent groups from entering into Burma.

 

Since then, the Bangladesh authorities have stopped its troop from taking part in the work to demarcate the border.

 

Previously, the joint border forces had been able to accomplish some important work in the border area, including the rebuilding of pillars, the demarcation of the border line as well as facilitating the exchange of information between the two forces, said another report.

 

The joint border force is not likely to resume, due to the number of landmines still present in the area.

 

According to border sources, the Burmese Army is currently having difficulty locating their own landmines, as there are no maps in the army personnel regarding the locations of previously planted landmines.

 

Over two dozen innocent people have died in the last few years from the landmines planted by the Burma army. #

 

 

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