Foreign Affairs Minister Dipu Moni on Sunday
rejected media reports on Burma’s s sudden reinforcement of troops along the border,
terming such mobilization of border guards as a ‘routine movement’.
Briefing reporters at her office, the minister also said that Burma’s mobilization of troops had no link with Bangladesh’s decision to seek the UN’s arbitration to determine the maritime boundary between the two next-door neighbours.
Referring to her telephone conversation with Bangladesh’s ambassador in Yangon and the foreign affairs secretary’s latest
discussion with Myanmar’s ambassador in Dhaka, Dipu Moni said, ‘It is a routine movement of Burma’s forces.’
Dipu Moni came up with the above views a few days after reports were received from Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar of significant increase in the number of Myanmar’s troops along the border.
Responding to a query on whether
Myanmar’s junta has gone by the international norms while putting up the barbed
wire fence, she said, ‘Myanmar is constructing a fence in its own territory,
which in conformance with international laws, so we have nothing to say about
The foreign minister said she has no specific information of the forcible gathering of Rohingyas by Myanmar’s soldiers for pushing them into Bangladesh.