Courtesy: The Daily Star
Thursday, March 15, 2012
International tribunal upholds Bangladesh’s economic, territorial rights over 200 nautical miles from coast
Bangladesh yesterday won a landmark verdict at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which sustained its claim to 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic and territorial rights in the Bay of Bengal rejecting the claims of Myanmar.
The verdict of the court went absolutely in Bangladesh’s favour and even beyond, as it gave more than what Bangladesh had asked for. The judgment is final and cannot be appealed against.
The verdict of the tribunal gave Bangladesh a substantial share of the outer continental shelf beyond 200 miles, which would open ways for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Bay.
The tribunal also awarded Bangladesh a full 12-mile territorial sea around St Martin’s Island, overruling Myanmar’s argument that the island be cut in half and shared.
“We have got everything, even more than what we wanted. We are happy, we are absolutely delighted,” cheerful Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told The Daily Star over the phone from Hamburg, Germany.
The revelation of Promised Messiah (AS) regarding Bengalis is “….. ahle bangal ki dil juyee hogi” i.e. “the hearts of Bengalis will be won.” May we continue to see the fulfillment of this prophesy for Bengalis in the realm of spiritual world as well!