Bangladesh wins maritime suit against Myanmar

Bangladesh claimed victory in its vexed maritime dispute with Myanmar at a UN tribunal.

Updated: Mar 14, 2012, 23:36 PM IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Wednesday claimed victory in
its vexed maritime dispute with Myanmar at a UN tribunal,
giving it crucial rights on outer Continental Shelf in the Bay
of Bengal.

"We have achieved more than what we expected," foreign
minister Dipu Moni said, reacting to the verdict given by the
International Tribunal for Laws of the Sea (ITLOS) at Humburg
in Germany.

She added that Bangladesh demanded 1,07,000 square
kilometers in the Bay of Bengal but the ITLOS verdict awarded
us with 1,11,000 sq kilometers.

"The biggest point was that, India and Myanmar the
countries which are in dispute with Bangladesh, earlier wanted
to draw the cut off line at 130 nautical miles but now it will
be expanded up to 200 nautical miles...," Moni said.

She added: "this (verdict) has (also) ensured
Bangladesh`s crucial rights on outer Continental Shelf".

Continental shelf is the extended perimeter of each
continent and associated coastal plain. The dispute with India
over a similar issue would be settled by 2014, bdnews 24

Moni said the ITLOS judgement gave the "full effect on St
Martine’s Island" in Bangladesh?s favour, meaning Bangladesh
would have full territorial and economic rights surrounding
the southeastern island up to 200 nautical miles towards the
Continental Shelf in an angle of 215 degrees.