Monday, 18 June 2018

Chittagong, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has demanded equitable solution to maritime boundary issue with Burma based on the final judgment of the International Tribunal for Law of the Sea which is due in mid-March, said Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at a seminar on February 28.

”The Foreign Minister made the remark while addressing a seminar titled ‘Maritime Boundary Issues between Bangladesh and Myanmar’ held at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the Dhaka.

The seminar was organized by BIISS and its director general Maj Gen Muhammad Imrul Quayes was in chair where most of the participants were; University teachers, former ambassadors, retired secretaries, military and civil officials, and newspaper editors.

Additional secretary to Foreign Ministry Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam presented the keynote paper at the function, sources said.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Dipu Moni said apart from continuing the negotiations with the neighboring country, Bangladesh proceeded with legal arguments in the international court as an alternative way to ensure the country’s rights to the sea resources.

“Bangladesh presented all necessary documents, information and arguments before the country. Now we hope that we’ll get justice,” she said.

Describing the maritime boundary with Burma as one of the national issues, Dipu Moni said the ruling Awami League government has taken the necessary legal steps in this regard to ensure people’s desire and rights identifying the maritime boundary.

She mentioned that Bangladesh dealt the legal steps efficiently at the international court taking counsels of the internationally renowned layers. “Hydrographers and oceanographers are also hopeful of having the verdict in our favour.”

The Foreign Minister said the government would take steps to make the documents public so that people could have access to the information.

Some of the speakers emphasized producing skilled manpower by introducing oceanography and hydrography in the country’s public and private universities.

“Although oceanography is an important subject in the modern world and also very pertinent for Bangladesh, no private university in the country teach their students about it,” said Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam.