Myanmar ac­cused of airspace vi­o­la­tion

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

Bangladeshi author­i­ties sum­moned Myanmar’s en­voy to protest what they said were vi­o­la­tions of their airspace as the num­ber of Ro­hingya Mus­lims flee­ing vi­o­lence in west­ern Myanmar in the past three weeks reached more than 400,000.

Myanmar’s pres­i­den­tial spokesman on Satur­day said there’s no ev­i­dence of any tres­pass­ing and that Dhaka should have reached out to dis­cuss its con­cerns in­stead of is­su­ing public state­ments.

The Bangladesh Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said Fri­day that Myanmar drones and he­li­copters flew into Bangladeshi airspace on Sun­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day. It said a protest note was handed to Myanmar’s en­voy Fri­day evening. Bangladesh warned that the “provoca­tive acts” could lead to con­se­quences.

In Yan­gon, pres­i­den­tial spokesman Zaw Htay said that while Myanmar’s mil­i­tary de­nied cross­ing into Bangladesh’s airspace, the matter was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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