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Bangladesh-Myanmar border tension Dhaka seeks int’l support to avoid regional instability Fresh firing heard near Ukhiya border

21 September 2022

Diplomatic Correspondent :
The Bangladesh government said that Myanmar had been disrupting regional stability by escalating violence in Rakhine state in a bid to hinder the process of Rohingya repatriation.
But Bangladesh said that it would not fall prey to any kind of provocation unleashed by the Myanmar side so that they did not get any excuse to delay the Rohingya repatriation process.
When Bangladesh was briefing the diplomats of different countries in the capital on Tuesday, it was reported that gunshots were heard in the Rakhaine state from the Ukhia Upazila in Cox's Bazar, which is a new spot of such firing.
Meanwhile, acting Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (Rtd) Md. Khorshed Alam  after briefing the envoys in Bangladesh at the State Guest House Padma in the capital, told the journalists about the latest development about the Bangladesh-Myanmar border situation and conversation of the briefing.
The envoys from different countries were present in the briefing, but no representatives from China, India and Russia were present during the briefing.
Khorshed Alam said that the heads of the mission appreciated Bangladesh's position of not stepping into Myanmar's traps by showing patience amid the volatile situation.  
"Myanmar has been provoking Bangladesh to get involved in the conflict. Myanmar is deliberately disrupting regional peace and harmony to obstruct and delay the Rohingya repatriation. They want to take advantage of it," he added.
"Bangladesh will not fall prey to Myanmar's provocation and is on high alert", he said.
Khorshed Alam also said that Bangladesh sought the cooperation of the diplomats so that Myanmar cannot take advantage by creating instability in the region.
He said, "We have conveyed the diplomats about our deep concerns on the recent escalating violence in Myanmar by lobbing mortar shells landing inside Bangladesh territory, aerial firings, and human fatalities along the border."
"They (diplomats) said that they would inform their capitals and stand taken by Bangladesh if the issue is placed in the United Nations," he added.
Regarding the escalating violence along the border, he said, "The firing has not been stopped yet. The explanation given by the Myanmar envoy is not at all acceptable."
Meanwhile, fresh gunshots inside Rakhine state were heard from the Ukhiya Upazila in Cox's Bazar on Tuesday.
Local residents of Anjumanpara of Palangkhali Union under Ukhiya Upazila reported that they heard intense gunshots and mortar shell firing since morning on the other side of the border inside the Rakhine state.
More than 100 families of Purbakhali, Anjumanpara and Khaingkhali villages of the Union live for such fresh firing near their residences.
Chairman of Palongkhali Union Gafur Chowdhury told the media that the locals of the Ukhiya bordering area heard several gunshots, spreading a panic among the residents amid the escalating conflicts in Myanmar.
"The local residents of Ukhiya Upazila reported the gunshots in the morning. Around 100 families live near the border of the Upazila," Ukhiya Upazila Nirbahi Officer Imran Hossain Sajib told the New Nation on Tuesday.
He also said that Ukhiya has a border of 13-kilometre with Myanmar and the local administration is observing the evolving situation.
He also said that they have all kinds of preparation to ensure the safety and security of the locals.  
Media reports said the entire Rakhine state has been turning into a conflict zone due to the fighting between the Myanmar army and the Arakan army.
The internal troubles of Myanmar have created unrest along the border in the recent time.
Bangladesh has strongly protested the incidents of landing mortar shells and bullets inside the territory and asked Myanmar not to repeat such incidents, but Myanmar did not keep its promises.

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