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Bangladesh to protest in UN against Myanmar's claim over sea

world Updated: Jun 25, 2009 10:37 IST

Bangladesh will protest in the UN against Myanmar's claim to a territorial sea in the Bay of Bengal, especially that of the "baseline" which is needed to delimit its maritime border, officials in Dhaka said on Thursday.

According to the officials a "baseline" is the line from which the seaward limits of a state's territorial sea and certain other maritime zones of jurisdiction are measured.

"We have decided to send the protest to the United Nations and Myanmar in next few days," a foreign ministry official said confirming a New Age report that Dhaka had already finalised its protest note after making in-depth analysis of Myanmar's claim over the areas of overlapping claims in Bay of Bengal.

He said the letter would be sent before the next round of technical discussions between Dhaka and Yangon for maritime delimitation, which is scheduled to be held in the middle of July.

Yangon submitted the claim to the UN Commission of the Limits of the Continental Shelf, a body formed to deal with the maritime delimitation issue on December 28, 2008, incorporating its new baseline that includes the islands of Preparis and Coco.