Myanmar will not tolerate any violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
|Bangladeshi tanks on Burma-Bangladesh border.|
On 28 May 2014, around (MST) 09:00 hour, the Myanmar troops opened fire on two suspected armed Bengalis in yellow camouflage uniform who entered into the Myanmar territory within 80 feet from the Myanmar-Bangladesh border fence between Boundary Pillars 51 and 52 in the Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State and the exchange of fire between the two sides followed. One person was caught dead with one M-22 automatic rifle, four magazines and 98 rounds. The remaining person withdrew into the Bangladesh territory.
With respect to this incident, the Bangladeshi side alleged that the Myanmar side started opening fire on a team of the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) which was patrolling along the border, and captured corporal Md. Mizanur Rahman.
In this regard, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Yangon sent a diplomatic note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar on 28 May 2014. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh also handed over a diplomatic note to U Myo Myint Than, Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh on the same day.
Another exchange of fire between Myanmar and Bangladesh border forces near the Boundary Pillar No 50 occurred on 30 May 2014 at (MST) 16:00 hour, and it lasted about 20 minutes. Again, the Bangladesh side alleged that the Myanmar troops started opening fire on a team of BGB which was waiting to retrieve the dead body captured by the Myanmar side on 28 May 2014.
|BGB men firing at Burmese Army LIB-352 soldiers.|
Concerning the incident of the exchange of fire on 30 May 2014, the Myanmar side informed BGB to come and fetch the dead body at the Boundary Pillar 52 where the exchange of fire had occurred. The allegations by the Bangladesh side that a BGB team was waiting near the Boundary Pillar 50 to fetch the dead body was not relevant and that the Myanmar side started to fire was far from the reality.
The facts stated in these two diplomatic notes from the Bangladesh side are totally far from the real situation on the ground.
Therefore, Daw Maw Maw, Director-General of the Department of Training, Research and Foreign Languages, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, handed over the Aide-Memoire to Maj-Gen (Rtd) Anup Kumar Chakma, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 31 May 2014 at 1030 hours, categorically rejecting the claims mentioned by the Bangladesh side. U Kyaw Zeya, Deputy Director-General of the Political Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh were also present on the occasion.
Regarding the incidents on 28 May 2014 and 30 May 2014, Myanmar will not tolerate any violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity; still, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will resort to diplomatic means to solve problems peacefully in view of existing bilateral friendly relations and good neighbourliness.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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