Call to withdraw India, Myanmar's claims to continental shelf
Speakers at a press conference yesterday protested the Indian and Myanmar's move to occupy the continental shelf of Bangladesh and a large part of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Bay of Bengal.
They called on both the countries to withdraw their claims to the continental shelf of Bangladesh and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
India and Myanmar have recently submitted their claims to the UN officially, they said at the press conference organised by the National Committee to Protect the Maritime Territory and Resources of Bangladesh at the National Press Club.
Prof Anu Mohammad, Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury, Justice Golam Rabbani, engineer Enamul Haque and engineer Sheikh Mohammad Shahidullah spoke at the press conference.
Reading out a written statement, Nur Mohammad, convenor of the organisation, termed the move a clear aggression and urged the lawmakers to discuss the issue in parliament to adopt a course of action plan to protect the maritime territory.
He called for building a stronger naval force and other relevant organisations to protect the maritime territory and resources.
He also demanded immediate implementation of the provisions of UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS-III).
Prof Anu Mohammad called for immediate resolution of the issue though bilateral negotiation.
He also called for conducting a detailed survey and preparing necessary documents to submit them to the UN.