Bangladesh defends Indian security deployment at embassy

Last Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 12:23

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Thursday said foreign
embassies here could deploy their own security personnel to
guard their premises, dismissing opposition criticism over
reports that India had sent a 50 member security squad for to
secure its mission.

"The foreign missions can undertake steps on their own
for the security and carry out other programmes inside their
premises under the Vienna Convention," a foreign ministry
spokesman said.

She added that the premises of the foreign embassies were
beyond the purview of the domestic law of the host countries.

The foreign office comments came a day after newspapers
reported that India sent a 50-member security team for its
embassy and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
expressed concerns that their deployment could undermine
Bangladesh`s "sovereignty".

Meanwhile, Home Minister Sahara Khatun`s comment two days
ago that said she was unaware about India`s move to deploy its
own security personnel at the high commission, came in for
criticism by her party.

Official sources said Khatun came under criticism by her
cabinet colleagues for making "confusing comments" at a
cabinet meeting with Premier Sheikh Hasina last night.


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First Published: Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 12:23

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