December 18, 2016

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Pyithu Hluttaw hears border demarcation, property ownership and submission of proposal

MPs arrive Pyithu Hluttaw to attend the parliamentary meeting. Photo: MNA
MPs arrive Pyithu Hluttaw to attend the parliamentary meeting. Photo: MNA

A Myanmar-China border agreement was ratified on 1 October 1960, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin told the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday, saying that Myanmar has a 1,384-mile border with China, a 149-mile border with Laos, a 168-mile border with Bangladesh, a 1,010-mile border with India and a 1,318-mile border with Thailand.
A Myanmar-Laos border agreement was signed with a permanent border in the Mekong River on 11 June, 1994. A Myanmar-Bangladesh border agreement with a permanent border in the Naf River was established on 21 January 1964, while a land boundary was agreed upon on 12 November in 1998, added the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
According to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, a Myanmar-India border was demarcated on 10 March 1967 but 24 miles of the 1,010-mile border with India in the Kabaw valley remains to be surveyed for the setting up of nine border posts.
Regarding the demarcation of a trilateral border junction of Myanmar, India and China, a matter of nine border posts between Myanmar and India is expected to be resolved by exchanging land along the border but the trilateral border junction can be ratified when a dispute over the boundary between India and China is over.
Myanmar and India are set to make a field trip to plant nine border posts in Kabaw valley following a proposal given by the Indian side at a meeting of the India -Myanmar Joint Boundary Working Group on 6 January, 2016.
On a Myanmar-Thailand border, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that the two sides have given a green light to a plan to demarcate the remaining border sections this season.
During yesterday’s Pyithu Hluttaw session, the Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing responded to a question about a controversial sports ground at ward-9 in South Okkalapa Township, saying that the land plot will continue to exist under its current name, Union Solidarity and
Development Party.
Next, U Than Soe of the Thazi Constituency submitted a proposal to the parliament calling on the Union government to strive for ending the US’s economic sanction against Myanmar. U Sai Tun Sein of the Mongpyin Constituency seconded the motion.
While seeking a parliamentary approval, the proposal was defeated by 219 votes to 151. — Myanmar News Agency

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