Dhaka – Myanmar has attributed ‘internal security’ issues for deployment of troops on the border with Bangladesh, officials said.
The Myanmar claim came at a meeting Friday between the border guard officials from both sides at the zero line of the international border between the two countries.
Officials from the Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) held the flag meeting at near BGB’s Ghumdhum Border Observation Post of south-eastern Naikhyangchhari sub-district.
“Myanmar officials said they deployed troops over internal security concerns,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manjurul Ahsan, commanding officer of BGB battalion in Naikhyangchhari.
Bangladesh protested Myanmar’s unilateral decision to deploy troops on the border that goes against the international rules. It may impact the bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries, especially in terms of repatriation of the Rohingya repatriation, said the officer.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched a brutal crackdown on the ethnic group in August last year. Myanmar agreed repatriation the refugees, who fled the crackdown in Rakhine state.
Many Rohingya have been living on the zero line of the international border since then. Local people alleged that the Myanmar army tried to drive the Rohingya sheltered on the ‘no-man’s land’ out to Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi officer, after the meeting, said the Myanmar side assured that they would take back all the Rohingya staying on the no-man’s land.
Myanmar troops allegedly asked the Rohingya to immediately quit the area. The sound of gunshots was heard on Wednesday in the area.
Dhaka on Thursday asked Naypyidaw to pull back its troops from the shared border.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported a large number of Myanmar soldiers appeared at the border fence two days ago escalating tensions, prompting Bangladesh authorities to mobilize extra BGB troops on its side of the border.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, however, ruled out possibilities of any disorder in view of Myanmar’s military buildup on borders. He said paramilitary troopers were on alert on the frontiers.