A naval standoff between Bangladesh and Burma

A new territorial dispute in the Bay of Bengal

The Burmese navy has withdrawn two of its warships from an area in the Bay of Bengal 50 nautical miles south-west of Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island. Bangladesh is to withdraw its four ships after the intruding commercial gas exploration ships leave the scene. (via Information Dissemination)

It appears that the standoff ended without shots being fired. But not before a war of words.

Bangladesh’s foreign minister Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said he had warned Myanmar’s envoy to Dhaka that “all steps would be taken to protect the sovereignty and territory of Bangladesh.” [AFP]

A senior official from Myanmar’s military government said they were open to talks, but insisted that oil and gas companies were operating inside their territory and far away from the disputed sea boundary. “We will try to solve this peacefully, but we are also ready to protect our country if needed … we will not tolerate being insulted, although we do want good will. We will continue with exploration,” [AFP]

2 thoughts on “A naval standoff between Bangladesh and Burma”

  1. It appears that the standoff ended without shots being fired

    How I wish that the two warring giants come to amicable solution like this.

    On the other hand: This smells like a contention similar to J&K

  2. @Nitin: Do you know if this is a one off encounter, i.e. a first or has this area been disputed since before?

    It might be worthwhile to find out who is the hand which actually rocks the cradle. I see an opportunity to balance out Chinese influence on both Burma and Bangladesh here. See which one we can sneer away from them.

    Time to play the Rajmandala.

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