Cox’s Bazar, 27 June 2005
Burma close watch on alleged American naval base in Bangladesh
Burmese military personals in
western Burma are keeping a close watch on Onn kyunt Island, Known as St. Martin’s Island,
in southern Bangladesh bordering Burma. The watch resulted from a rumour
spreading in the border area that an American naval base is being built at Onn Kyunt Island.
Regional 8, the Burmese border security, based in Inn Dinn,
has been gathering information on the local rumour as
well as the ship movement around the Island.
The Burmese authority
believes that Onn Kyunt Island has been borrowed by the American and soon there will
be American navy ships will be trafficking around the Island
soon, said an Arakanese person closed to Nasaka.
According a Burmese
government official the Nasaka Region (8) has
reported to the higher authority of the regime about the rumours
of the American Naval base.
He said, the report said that
there are 10 building at the Onn Kyunt Island as part of the building project of the naval base.
The buildings includes one command centre, a radar station, a watch tower which
can monitor up to 300 miles, a guest house, a training centre, a school for the
family members and a bridge.
The report also said to have
mentioned that since Bangladesh government has ordered the Island
resident to relocate, and it also said that the locals do not like the idea of
an American military base in the region.
Burma became interested in Onn kyunt Island which located close to the border between Burma and Bangladesh, Naff River, only during the late 2004 with the local rumour of American Naval base.
There has been any official
announcement from either American or Bangladeshi governments. #
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