Airspace Violation: Dhaka lodges protest with Myanmar

Bangladesh has strongly protested against the recent instances of violation of its air space by Myanmar helicopters.

In a diplomatic note sent to the Embassy of Myanmar in Dhaka on September 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested against repeated intrusions of their helicopters on August 27-28 and September 1.

“This [September 1] morning, Myanmar helicopters violated Bangladesh's air space near Ukhia on three occasions,” says a foreign ministry statement.

The ministry stressed that such instances of incursion into Bangladesh air space by Myanmar helicopters run contrary to good neighbourly relations and could lead to unwarranted situations.

The ministry further emphasised that while Bangladesh has been cooperating with Myanmar in the security sector, such instances of violation of sovereignty might affect the existing understanding and cooperation between the two sides.

Bangladesh demanded that Myanmar take immediate measures to prevent recurrences of such incursions in future.