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Question: Continuation of Bangladesh and Myanmar: an historic example of conflic CPNN article: Bangladesh and Myanmar: an historic example of conflict resolution
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The question is, since negotiation has not worked in different cases with India, why should we not take the same legal path to ensure our rights which we have been deprived of for a long time? Bangladesh and India have a common cultural, economic and political history. Especially, the role played by India during the independence war of Bangladesh in 1971 is unforgettable. Being a small and weak state (in terms of both military and economy) Bangladesh should have excellent negotiating capability to resolve disputed issues with the neighbouring countries and to ensure its legitimate rights. Now the window has opened to resolve the same dispute with India as the ITLOS president has also formed an arbitral tribunal regarding the maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India.

The newly-appointed Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pankaj Saran, said on March 17 that India wanted to resolve the maritime boundary dispute with Bangladesh bilaterally (Daily Star, March 18). So, what Bangladesh needs to do is be persistent and confident, and make sure that India does not procrastinate to protract the issue in the name of negotiation or of bilateral discussion.

At the end, I must emphasise that we should increase wide-range maritime patrol preparedness to detect violation of our boundary. The navy also needs land-based wide range surveillance radar to keep watch on the vast sea resource. It is also important to chase off invaders and fishing trawlers from Bangladesh territory. It is good news that Bangladesh Navy is going to procure a patrol aircraft from Germany and a team is currently there to negotiate a deal.

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