Bangladesh protests repeated violation of airspace by Myanmar

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Dhaka, September 16: Bangladesh strongly protested the instances of violation of its air space repeatedly by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on September 10, 12 and 14.

Bangladesh has also warned that any more “provocative acts” could have “unwarranted consequences”, raising the possibility of a deterioration in relations already strained by a refugee crisis.

Nearly 400,000 Rohingya of Myanmar citizens have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing a Myanmar government offensive against insurgents that the United Nations has branded a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

The Charge d’ Affaires of the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka met the Director General (South East Asia Wing) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this evening at the ministry where a protest note was handed over to him, a foreign ministry press release said.

Referring to earlier instances of violation of its air space since 25 August 2017, Bangladesh expressed deep concern at the repetition of such acts of provocation and demanded that Myanmar takes immediate measures to ensure that such violation of sovereignty does not occur again, it said.