17 Burmese Prisoners
Handed Over to Burmese Authorities
As part of a prisoner
exchange, the Bangladesh authorities handed 17 Burmese prisoners over to
Burmese border authorities on Monday in Teknaf Town,
Bangladesh, said an official source.
According to the source, Bangladesh authorities handed over the prisoners to Burmese
authorities during the flag meeting that was held in the Bangladeshi border
town Teknaf, opposite the Burmese town of Maungdaw.
However, the Burmese authorities did not hand
over any Bangladeshi prisoners to the Bangladesh authorities, even though Burma had planned to transfer 47 prisoners from several
A Burmese source said the Burmese authorities
had pledged to the Bangladesh delegation during the meeting to transfer the
prisoners to Bangladesh between December 15 and 20.
An Arakanese from
Cox's Bazar Town said this time the number of prisoners transferred
was very small, and a number of Burmese prisoners remain in the Cox's Bazar jail, waiting to be returned to their homeland.
The Burmese delegation to the meeting
consisted of five members led by Major Sein Win, a Nasaka regional commander, while the Bangladesh team was led by the commander of BDR Battalion 23
based in Teknaf.