Myanmar Home Minister due tomorrow
Myanmar wants to fence its boundary in the land section of north Naf River, authoritative source told the Daily Observer.
Myanmar's Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss theissue with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
According to the Foreign Ministry and Home Ministry's sources, repatriation of Myanmar nationals and smuggling of Yaba will also dominate the talks between the two ministers on Friday.
"All these things will be discussed in line with the "Instrument of Ratification" of the "Agreement on demarcation of the land section of boundary north of the Naf River" concluded in 1998 and "Supplementary Protocol on the demarcation of a fixed boundary in the Naf River" earlier agreed in 2007.
"Dhaka stressed on restoration of peace and stability in Rakhine as well as creating a congenial atmosphere so that the refugees sheltered in Cox's Bazar are encouraged to return home. The Myanmar government said stability, peace and development of Rakhine State are absolutely critical for entire Myanmar to become stable, peaceful and developed," says a Myanmar government report.
"The current issues in Rakhine State are not only the concern of Rakhine State alone but also the concern of the country as a whole," says the report.
The repatriation is now under a serious threat as per the report of the Myanmar government agency. "Now we need to give more focus on the issue. So, this meeting is crucial one, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry said.
"Bangladesh will hand over a database of individual Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities for verification but Myanmar wanted a family-wise list. "The Myanmar government will hand over the "Report" to us. So, it is understandable that what will happen with the Rohingya repatriation issue, but the other issues will be discussed," the official added.
Knowing all these issues, the government has sought international community's intervention, the official said, adding that four parliamentary delegations, including European Parliament's sub-committee on Human Rights (DROI), Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN), and the delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia (DSAS), have begun visiting the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar and Myanmar to see for themselves the plight of the refugees and put pressure on Myanmar government.
Apart from Rohingya crisis, arms and drug smuggling and full implementation of border agreement will come up for discussion in the talks. Bangladesh will ask Myanmar to take effective measures to stop narcotics production and smuggling and end drug trafficking across the border during the meeting, the official said.