Myanmar-Bangladesh battalion commander level meeting held Friday

bgpThe Myanmar-Bangladesh battalion commander level meeting was held in Ghumdhum Border Observation Post (BOP) at border post 31/1 in Bangladesh on 2 March.
Matters relating to people remaining illegally near the border, arrangements for joint patrols, and exchanging news and information on occurrences along the border on a real-time basis were discussed during the meeting.
The meeting was attended by a 9-member team led by Police Lt-Col Saw Zayar Lin of No. 1 Border Guard Police and a 6-member team led by Lt-Col Monzurul Hassan Khan, Commanding Officer of Border
Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion 34.
Regarding the meeting, Presidential Office spokesperson Director General U Zaw Htay said, “Yesterday afternoon, a battalion commander level meeting was held.
The border is normal. There were no special incidents to report today. About 1,000 people remain at the border.”
“We were ready to receive the returnees since 23 January. During a visit to Bangladesh from 15 to 17 January by a Myanmar delegation led by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, the Bangladesh side had provided a list of more than 8,000 people from 1,600 households who will be sent back, as a first batch. However, the list is not according to our format and our immigration department is converting the list into our format. As promised, we were ready to receive the returnees since 23 January” said U Zaw Htay. As per the bilateral agreement, Myanmar had kept in readiness the Taung Pyo Letwe and Nga Khu Ya Reception Centres, as well as the Hla Pho Khaung Transit Centre, since 23 January. Arrangements for the board and lodging, water, electricity and health care requirements of the returnees were also made. Diplomats, United Nations organization officials, local and foreign reporters, members of the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State and the British Foreign Secretary had also visited and reviewed the arrangements.—Myanmar News Agency

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