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B`desh approaches UN over marine border dispute with India

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 21:17

Dhaka: Bangladesh has approached the UN
over its maritime border dispute with India, amid claims by Dhaka on certain areas in the Bay of Bengal as within its territorial waters, a news report said on Tuesday.

Earlier both India and Myanmar were involved in a
diplomatic row with Bangladesh over territorial waters claim.

Bangladesh has problems with India and Myanmar on the issue of "starting point" on how to mark the coastlines from the exclusive economic zone that has apparently overlapped claims of the three neighbouring countries due to the funnel-like shape of the Bay of Bengal.

Bangladesh registered its objection with the UN to
India’s claim over certain areas in the Bay of Bengal, three months after a similar missive was filed against Myanmar’s claim, the New Age newspaper reported.

"We have submitted our objection to the maritime
commission of the UN on October 29," MA Momen, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative at the UN, was quoted as saying by the Bangladeshi daily.

The three neighbours are yet to clearly demarcate
their maritime boundaries and are moving the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), a UN body to deal with the law of the seas.

India submitted its claim on maritime boundary to the CLCS in May 2009, one month ahead of its deadline amid dispute with Dhaka over the ownership for the hydrocarbons in the Bay
of Bengal.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 21:17

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