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Saturday, 19 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh is set to soon resume talks with Myanmar, after a lapse of 21 years, for demarcation of the country's maritime boundary. An inter-ministry meeting, presided by foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, on Thursday decided that a delegation, led by additional foreign secretary MAK Mahmood, would visit Myanmar soon to lay the groundwork for future technical negotiations.

The issue of demarcation of Bangladesh's maritime boundary has not been discussed between the two countries for the last 21 years. Foreign secretary Touhid Hossain is scheduled to go to Yangon in February for the regular foreign secretary-level bilateral meeting, the first round of which was held in Dhaka last year after the foreign adviser's visit to Myanmar.

Demarcation of the maritime boundary and other issues are likely to be included in the agenda of the meeting. 'We developed an excellent bilateral relationship with Myanmar last year. It's our view that this will be further strengthened when we'll be able to resolve the issue of maritime boundaries. It may take some time but a beginning should be made,' said foreign affairs adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury after an inter-ministry meeting on the issue.

The meeting was attended by foreign secretary Touhid Hossain, home secretary Abdul Karim, Rear Admiral M Rahman, additional foreign Secretary MAK Mahmood and senior officials of the concerned ministries and agencies. A participant of the meeting said a delegation, led by additional foreign secretary MAK Mahmood, would visit Myanmar soon to lay the groundwork for future technical negotiations. The foreign adviser, during a visit to Myanmar in April last year, raised the maritime boundary demarcation topic with his counterpart for the first time after a gap of more than two decades.

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