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Bangladesh objects to UN over India’s maritime baseline

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 05:59 PM, 18 September 2021  

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Bangladesh has objected to the United Nations (UN) about the baseline set by India in the Bay of Bengal.  

A letter in this regard has been sent to the UN from the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York on September 13.

Foreign Ministry sources confirmed the information.

In 2014, the International Court of Arbitration ruled on the Bangladesh-India maritime boundary. As per the verdict, Bangladesh set the demand for the continental shelf. 

However, India sent a letter to the UN in April this year against Bangladesh’s demand. Bangladesh objected to the letter on September 13, arguing against India’s letter.

In a letter to the UN Secretary General, Bangladesh mentioned that the Government of India enacted the Maritime Territorial Water and Maritime Zone Act in 1976. n 2009, 33 years after the enactment of the Act, India amended the Act to set the groundwork – where India is using the ‘straight-line baseline’ method which is contrary to Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

According to the 2014 arbitration court ruling, Bangladesh has determined the continental shelf. After that verdict, Bangladesh thinks that there can be no more dispute in the maritime boundary of the two countries.