Thursday, August 22, 2019 | ePaper
Muhurir Char dispute: A peaceful solution is needed
The two countries had demarcated the disputed Muhurir Char with wooden pillars, nearly 200 yards away from Belonia Land Port in Feni. The issue could not be settled to date as India is pushing for a further survey. According to Border Guard Bangladesh officials, out of 92.14 acres of Muhurir Char land, Bangladesh has got 71.94 acres and the rest 20.20 acres have gone to India after the area was demarcated with wooden pillars in accordance with 2011 protocol. From 1979 to 1999, BGB and Indian Border Security Force exchanged gunfire in at least eight incidents over the movement of civilians along Muhurir Char. All outstanding issues except for the dispute over Muhurir Char have already been settled under the LBA that came into effect with the exchange of instruments of the LBA between the two countries in June 2015.
Bangladesh wants the issue to be settled according to the 1974 land boundary agreement and the 2011 protocol which do not allow any such changes in the map. We want a peaceful solution of the disputed land or boundary demarcation without compromising the national interest.