Bangladesh wants to redraw sea border with India

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Bangladesh-wants-to-redraw-sea-border-with-India/Article1-658079.aspx

    Bangladesh will approach the UN seeking to delineate its maritime borders in the Bay of Bengal with India and Myanmar. Bangladesh claims over 450 nautical miles from its coastline in the Bay of Bengal. The country has long-standing problems with India and Myanmar on the issue of "starting point"
    to mark its marine boundary.

    There are overlapping claims by all three neighbouring countries because of the funnel-like coastline of the Bay of Bengal, New Age newspaper said on Thursday.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday approved her cabinet's "position paper" which will be sent to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in New York later this month.

    M. Khurshed Alam, the foreign ministry's additional secretary for the UNCLOS wing, said: "The document was prepared following the Gardiner method under Article 76 of the UNCLOS."

    Under the UN provision, no claims submitted by a country should be taken for final consideration before settling the overlapping claims.

    A country is supposed to enjoy its rights to fishing and exploring and extracting other marine resources in 12-24 nautical miles of territorial sea from the coastline, 200 nautical miles of exclusive economic zone and maximum of 350 nautical miles of continental shelf.
     
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  3. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    LF can u provide graphical explanation to it i mean what they are clamming its benefits/looses to india/Bangladesh /Myanmar
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    This will be a very tricky issue.

    As it is Odissa is very unhappy that the Haldia port is to have a floating dock which will allow large draught vessels to unload. It will bring the importance of a new port Odissa is making.
     
  5. LETHALFORCE

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    They have 350 miles of the continental shelf by UN law and now they want 450 miles to put it briefly, I think the Chinese may be behind this??
     
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    Then the UN will tell them to take a running jump, right?
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Okay, now we are seeing such people assert their identity who don't even have one and while we have such a big one, we don't do it (J&K, AP). So they basically want 100 miles more? I don't think we should allow this to happen if our maritime interests are at risk. Today Hasina is there; but tomorrow is that not-very-Hasina comes to power through her masters in Beijing and Islamabad, we will be facing another front for no reason.
     
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    They are playing a dangerous game,India should take Myanmar's side in the dispute for water, it will make Bangladesh the loser in this scenario.
     
  9. SixSigma1978

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    How about taking back all the millions of illegal bangladeshis first? Especially the ones who are taking over the lands of natives in the NorthEast. Then we can talk.
     
  10. chex3009

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    Send the Bangladeshis packing back home.

    They need to know that we created them and not the reverse.

    They do not need to mess with us, and if at all they are working on their master's advice (Read Beijing, Islamabad) they need to show up.

    India needs to decide NOW, that do we want to be a regional power atleast, then we need to be strong, use strong words and send some strong message across.

    As the day passes, this region is turning into shit. The Chinese are very happy forwarding anyone who has anything against us.
     
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    Don't even bother, just let Bangladesh know we will be backing Burma in any sea and land disputes the two have.
     
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    India gave a whole freaking country back to bangladeshis, and now they want our 100 miles ? Talk about being ungrateful.
     
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    India should carry out a large-scale, highly-publicized naval exercise in these 100 miles of sea. It will shut them up for good.
     
  14. Oracle

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    This might be due to Bangladesh losing land mass due to rising sea water levels and also 100 more miles for fishing. Other than that, I do not see any reason why a pro India Government in Bangladesh would want to upset India. We certainly do not know the context of the claim. Wait & watch should be the policy as of now.
     

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