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Thursday, 24 April 2008

Meeting on Demarcation of maritime boundary

A high-level meeting on demarcation of the country''s maritime boundary was held Tuesday at Bangabhaban in the presence of President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, underlining the urgency of resolving the outstanding issues with the neighbors, reports UNB.

The meeting discussed different issues of demarcation of the country''s territorial waters with the neighboring countries under the UN Clause-III 1982.

Various difficulties and the way out in determining the maritime boundary came up for discussion and the meeting stressed the need for collecting necessary data on it.

President Iajuddin Ahmed gave directive to the Foreign Ministry to take necessary initiatives through bilateral discussion with the friendly neighboring countries "as soon as possible".

Because, he said, "the issue involves impacts on the country''s sovereignty and economic interests". Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, Military Secretary to the President Major General Mohd Aminul Karim and Chief of General Staff of Bangladesh Army Major General Sinha Ibne Jamali spoke at the meeting.

Secretaries of Home, Defence, Foreign, Mineral Resources and Law Affairs Ministries also took part in discussion. Secretary to President''s Office Md Sirajul Islam and Press Secretary Abdul Awal Howlader, the Director General (DG) of Coast Guard and the DG of Legal Affairs of the Foreign Ministry were present.

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Mustafizur Rahman delivered a power-point presentation on the maritime boundary at the meeting. The President gave a patient hearing and witnessed the presentation and then issued the directives.

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