Bangladesh-Myanmar BGP-BGB meeting starts

Bangladesh-Myanmar BGP-BGB meeting starts
Bangladesh-Myanmar BGP-BGB meeting starts
Amid tension along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Bandarban, a sector commander-level flag meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) started at Maungdaw in Myanmar this morning.
A 23 member delegation led by BGB Cox's Bazar Sector Commander Col Khandakar Farid Hasan is representing Bangladesh side at the meeting that began 10:30am, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.
Earlier around 8:30am, the BGB delegation entered Myanmar through Teknaf Land Port.
BGB source in Cox’s Bazar said various issues, including the recent unprovoked attack on a BGB patrol team, killing its member nayek Mizanur Rahman, return of arm, control smuggling across the border, will be discussed.
A tense situation has been prevailing along Naikkhangchhari of Bandarban since Mizanur was killed in the BGP firing.
BGP members had also taken away the body intruding into Bangladesh territory.
On May 30, Myanmar border guards attacked another BGB team when it neared the border searching for Mizanur. A gun battle then took place between the two sides.
Myanmar finally handed over Mizanur's body to BGB the following day as the foreign ministry summoned the Myanmar ambassador in Bangladesh twice demanding the body and withdrawal of the army Myanmar had deployed along the border.
After the May 28 incident, Myanmar deployed army to stand guard with its border police along its border with Bangladesh while BGB called for reinforcement with heavy weapons.
Meanwhile, 40 to 50 families from four bordering villages -- Jamchhari, Phultoli, Phultolir Matha and Achhartoli -- have not yet returned to their houses, reported our Cox's Bazar correspondent. They fled the villages hearing firing of mortar shells and gunshots in Myanmar across the border in Naikkhangchhari.
They are not feeling safe, said local union parishad member Ali Hossain yesterday.
The shooting, however, took place inside the Myanmar territory and it did not affect Bangladeshis in the bordering areas.

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