Dhaka trashes Myanmar’s claim on AA, ARSA bases


The government on Wednesday protested at the remarks by the Myanmar president’s office claiming the existence of two Arakan Army bases and three Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army bases in Bangladesh territory.
‘The allegations are totally fake and baseless,’ the foreign ministry said in a release issued in Dhaka as the spokesperson of the Myanmar president’s office made a statement on January 7 alleging existence of the bases in Bangladesh.
‘Bangladesh strongly protests such baseless and provocative accusations,’ the ministry said, affirming, ‘there is no existence of any foreign terrorist groups with Bangladesh nor Bangladesh is harbouring any terrorist organisation with its soil.’
It is not possible to operate terrorist bases anywhere in Bangladesh because of high alertness and effective preventive measures by the security forces in the line with ‘zero tolerance policy’ of the Bangladesh authorities, it said.
Security forces of Bangladesh alongside border always remain vigilant to prevent any untoward incidents that may affect the existing peaceful relations between the two neighbours, the ministry said.
Bangladesh’s comprehensive cooperation in counter-terrorism with some of the neighbouring countries proved to be highly effective, the government said.
Bangladesh also offered, on a number of occasions, similar comprehensive bilateral cooperation mechanism, including joint operation in addressing claimed terrorist activities along the border, it said. ‘But unfortunately, not much enthusiasm [was] received from [the] Myanmar side.’
Myanmar also failed to provide Bangladesh with specific details and concrete evidence of the alleged terrorist elements and acts, said the statement.
Bangladesh always stands ready to engage in comprehensive cooperation mechanism with any country, including Myanmar, in the combat of terrorism, it read.
The current clashes in Myanmar are the outcome of their own political and social dilemma, the ministry said, adding that, it would be appreciated by the Bangladesh government if the Myanmar government ‘doesn’t make any endeavour to associate Bangladesh’ with their internal political puzzle.