Mon 28 Feb 2005
Filed under: News,Regional
Chittagong: Implementation of the Tri-nations gas pipeline project agreed among Burma, Bangladesh and India would be a risk for Bangladesh, said speakers at a roundtable held in Dhaka yesterday, said a report.
The roundtable was organized by Student and Youth Movement of Bangladesh against plundering oil and gas.
The national security of Bangladesh as well as Burma, will be a threat for Bangladesh as well as Burma said the speakers at a roundtable on â€œTri-nations gas pipeline: Energy and the national Securityâ€ held in Dhaka.
Students of the all Arakan Student and Youth Congress (AASYC) and the Shwe Gas Movement also attended the roundtable.
The speakers said at the roundtable that though Bangladesh have some opportunities to bargain with India over gas pipeline project it would not be benefited from it as the appeasement policy of the government. India alone would gain from this gas pipeline project.
They further said that the tri-nations gas pipeline would become a headache for Bangladesh in course of time due to security problems.
The speakers also opposing the gas pipeline project, said, if the treaty was not approved by parliament it would be illegal. The speakers urged the government not to implement the project as it was against the national interest and security of Bangladesh.
The leaders of AASYC and the Shwe Gas Movement and people expressed their dour concern about the exploitation of gas in Burma by the Military rulers.
Awami League Lawmaker Col (Rtd) Faruk Khan, Brigadier General (Rtd) M Shakhawat Hossain, Engg. Sheik Md Shahidullah, Raisuddin Arif, Nazrul Islam, U Soe Ba Tun, U Kyaw Han, Ms Khin Khin Tun andÂ others spoke at the roundtable.