Govt imposes restrictions on foreigners’ movement in Myanmar borderShahidul Islam Chowdhury
The government has imposed restrictions on the movement of foreigners along the border with Myanmar, a senior foreign ministry official told New Age on Tuesday.
The local security agencies were asked to keep foreigners off the border as ‘security situation arises’ along the border with Myanmar, the official said.
On question of the government’s displeasure about the visit of the UNHCR country representative, Craig Sanders, to the border with Myanmar, the official said, ‘The restrictions are now not limited to Craig only. It is applicable to all [foreigners].’ Myanmar has enforced a state of emergency on its side and the situation along the border ‘is volatile,’ the official said.
Local law enforcement agencies were asked to reinforce vigilance as ‘anything can happen any time there,’ the official added.
The government on Monday conveyed its displeasure to Craig Sanders centring on his visit to bordering areas with Myanmar violating the foreigners act.
Sanders reportedly visited the bordering areas in Cox’s Bazar for two days beginning on June 15 apparently ignoring informal restrictions imposed by the government, a government official said.
‘This visit was a clear violation of the Foreigners Act 1946,’ the official said.
‘There are, however, no restrictions on Craig’s access to the UNHCR office in Cox’s Bazar and two refugee camps,’ the official added.
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