A Netherlands court is expected to deliver the verdict on maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India in June, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said today.
The minister revealed the information this afternoon in the parliament during a question-answer session, adding that Bangladesh expects to sustain its claim to 25,000 square kilometers exclusive economic and territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal.
“Through this verdict, a fair and peaceful solution to the maritime boundary case between the two countries will be possible,” he hoped.
“We’ll be able to know exactly how much area we’ll get once the final verdict comes out…we’re expecting that it’ll be within 25,000 square kilometers,” said the state minister in a written reply.
Earlier, Bangladesh won a landmark verdict against Myanmar on March 14, 2012 at the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea and through the verdict the country sustained its claim to the 200 nautical-miles and exclusive economic and territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal.
Bangladesh moved on October 8, 2009 for arbitral proceeding concerning the maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India and served an arbitration notice upon India to this regard, the state minister said.
Efforts were made to settle the dispute through the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands, he added.