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Bangladesh warns Myanmar of consequences over airspace violation
September 2nd, 2017 at 8:51 am
Bangladesh warns Myanmar of consequences over airspace violation

Dhaka – Bangladesh has protested the violation of its airspace by Myanmar helicopter amid tension escalating over influx of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh after the last week’s deadly violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

It has been observed that Myanmar helicopters entered into Bangladeshi airspace in the south-eastern border violating diplomatic norms, the government said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry on Friday lodged ‘strong protest’ with Myanmar embassy in Dhaka issuing a note of warning for consequence of such violation.

“Such instances violation of sovereignty may affect the existing understanding and cooperation between the two countries,” reads the note of protest.

These instances of incursion into Bangladesh air space by Myanmar helicopters run contrary to the good neighbourly relations and could lead to unwarranted situation, it added.

Bangladesh demanded Myanmar to take immediate measures to prevent recurrence of such incursion on August 27 and 28 in future.

The ministry said it was reported that Myanmar helicopters entered into Bangladeshi airspace near Ukhia of south-eastern district if Cox’s Bazar where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims were fleeing to escape violence and persecution in Rakhine State.

Nearly 400 people were killed after fighting broke out between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar security forces on August 25 forcing more than 38,000 Myanmar civilians to cross into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The Myanmar army in a statement on Friday said that 399 people were killed in the clashes.

Dozens have died trying to cross a river into Bangladesh in an effort to escape the unrest in Rakhine State.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya, one of the many ethnic minority groups in Myanmar, have still been trapped on the border between the two countries.

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