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Dhaka urged to use sediment system for territorial claim
Publication Date : 02-01-2013
Sediments from Indian land do not get deposited in the Bay of Bengal crossing the Swatch of No Ground, so India has no right anywhere beyond that line, speakers said at a press briefing in the capital yesterday.
They advised Bangladeshi experts to produce a correct sediment deposition map called "bathymetric map of Bengal sediment depositional system" to argue with India to arrive at an equitable solution to the maritime boundary disputes and to get entry to the high seas from the country's own waters.
They came up with the advices as India claims some part of an 111,631 square kilometre area in the Bay, which Bangladesh won through a verdict of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (Itlos) in Hamburg, Germany.
The speakers said another method of claim called "angle-bisector method", as stipulated in the United Nations Convention Laws of the Sea (Unclos), would be favourable for India, and in that case, Bangladesh would lose its right to extracting or using the sea resources, said a statement, "Maritime Boundary with India: Tough Time Ahead", sent by "Deshpremik Mancha", which organised the press briefing.
They suggested that Bangladeshi official delegations should argue on the basis of natural prolongation, which was stipulated in Article 76 of the Unclos.
"If we agree or compromise with Indian claims, the Arbitrary Tribunal [International Arbitrary Tribunal in the Hague] might deliver a verdict within 2014. But if we want to establish our claims, it would take longer and tougher periods," said Engineer M Inamul Haque, explaining the laws and methods of claiming sea area.
If Bangladesh fails to argue on the basis of natural prolongation by producing a correct sediment deposition map or compromises with India or maintains the boundary line drawn by the Itlos, the country's sea area would be limited within or beyond 200 nautical miles of its continental shelf and Bangladesh would be surrounded by the maritime area of Myanmar or India, the speakers said.
Then Bangladesh would be only allowed to use the high seas only for some specific purposes, including navigation and over-flight and laying of submarine cables and pipelines as per the Unclos, they added.