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Bangladesh, Burma Discuss Maritime Border Dispute

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Bangladesh and Burma are holding talks on Sunday) in Dhaka to discuss a territorial dispute affecting oil and gas exploration in the Bay of Bengal.

Experts from both countries are trying to resolve a disagreement about their maritime border, following a week-long standoff earlier this month.

Relations between the two countries became tense after Burma started exploring for gas and oil in the disputed part of the Bay. Troops from both countries have been deployed along their common border. Burma says the area is in its exclusive economic zone. Bangladesh disputes that, and says the countries should agree to a maritime boundary before any work is done. Officials from Burma and Bangladesh held a first round of talks Wednesday in New Delhi.

A statement from Bangladesh's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the meeting cordial and stressed that both sides want to resolve the situation peacefully.

Our Dhaka stringer Zahurul Alam has more on this.

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