Myanmar massing troops near border; BDR asks for reinforcements
Recently the reports from the Bangla daily Nayadiganta proved to be correct. Myanmar is in fact massing troops near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border after diplomatic efforts failed.
Bangladesh and Myanmar reinforced troops along the border between the two countries after talks over disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal failed in Yangon, officials said on Saturday.
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), a border force, said Myanmar had started reinforcing troops at strategic points along the 320 kilometres border, partly demarcated by the Naf river.
'We have also taken appropriate measures and asked for reinforcement,' a senior BDR official told Reuters by telephone from Tumbru, a border point some 500 kilometres southeast of the capital Dhaka.
BDR also alerted people living in the border area to leave their homes when the situation warranted.
The dispute surfaced after Myanmar started oil and gas exploration last week in a stretch of the sea both countries claim.
Bangladesh deployed naval ships to the area and simultaneously sent a diplomatic team to Yangon seeking to solve the issue through negotiations.
'The meeting ended without any resolution, but we have apprised our claim on the territory to the Myanmar authorities,' a foreign ministry official said on Saturday.