Bangladesh virtually seals off border with Myanmar: FM Momen

DHAKA, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said

Bangladesh almost sealed off its borders with Myanmar amid fresh influx

against the backdrop reported military clampdown in Rakhine state, this time Buddhists and Hindus being its victims.

We can’t take anymore (new nationals from Myanmar). The border with

Myanmar is almost sealed off, Momen said Wednesday as he talked to newsmen after his separate meetings with UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener and Hollywood superstar and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie.

Momen added that Bangladesh by now allowed enough of the influx opening the border now it’s better if others (other countries) open their frontiers for them (refugees).

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), meanwhile, said they sent a detachment to

enforce a vigil in the remote frontiers with Myanmar in Bandarban’s Ruma area while police said 150 Myanmar nationals in 38 mostly Buddhist families crossed the border.

We have sent a detachment to Ruma frontiers to enforce a stringent vigil

against fresh influx . . . the borders with Myanmar remained sealed off while only legal movement is underway through the Ukhia and Teknaf frontiers, BGB’s region commander Brigadier General Ainul Morshed Khan told BSS.

Bandarban’s acting police super Mohammad Kamruzzaman said 38 mostly

Buddhist families sneaked into Bangladesh in view of the internal conflict

in Rakhine state while reports suggested fighting between the Myanmar

military and rebel Arakan Army forced hundreds to flee their home.

The foreign minister acknowledged the report saying we have heard that

different ethnic and religious groups including Buddhists and Hindus, this

time apart from Muslims (Rohingyas), are trying to enter Bangladesh amid

fresh violence in Myanmar.

About his meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, Momen said he told him that Bangladesh was upset seeing that instead of mounting

pressures, some big countries still kept all kinds of bilateral relations

including trade with Myanmar.

He said Myanmar created the crisis while we want its peaceful solution.

But they didn’t advance that much (to resolve the crisis). We are very


Referring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s early proposal, the foreign

minister also told the envoy that Myanmar should agree on a safe zone under the supervision of ASEAN in Rakhine for Rohingyas.

The minister said Bangladesh is always hopeful that Rohingyas would return to their motherland safely with dignity.

Source: NAM News Network