Dhaka must stand up to Delhi in Bangladesh’s deep sea claim

20th Apr, 2021

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Bangladesh’s maritime boundary dispute that has yet to be settled is its claim on ‘grey areas’ in the northern Bay of Bengal


Bangladesh’s maritime boundary dispute that has yet to be settled is its claim on ‘grey areas’ in the northern Bay of Bengal, born out of the maritime boundary delimitation with Myanmar in 2012 and India in 2014, which involves intersecting and overlapping rights to exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf. The resolution of Bangladesh’s claim on the continental shelf has been pending with the United Nations for about 13 years as Myanmar registered some observations on the claim involving the outer continental shelf. Bangladesh also put an objection on record contesting India’s claim on the continental shelf. The dispute surfaced in 2009 much before the maritime boundary settlement as India submitted its claim on the continental shelf in the Bay of Bengal cutting off Bangladesh’s access to the deep sea. India in 2009 created another dispute by setting a coordinate 2.3 miles inside the Bangladesh territory on the official map that India proposed. The resolution of Bangladesh’s claim now appears to have run into difficulty as India on Friday registered its objection with the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf against Bangladesh’s claim on the continental shelf in the Bay.

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