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Saturday, 16 April 2016 - 12:38
Bangladesh opposes proposal to extend Sri Lanka’s continental shelf
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Bangladesh has objected to Sri Lanka's claim of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from its coast baseline.

Sri Lanka has made a submission of its claim before the United Nations for determining the limits of its continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.

The Dhaka Tribune said that a senior official of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry said their government analysed the Sri Lankan submission and it appeared that they also claimed some portion of the Bangladesh continental shelf.

The Bangladesh government in due course of time will continue to block the Sri Lankan claim to protect Bangladesh’s interest.

According to the UN laws, a country can have the continental shelf rights up to 350 nautical miles or 100 nautical miles from the 2,500 metres depth, which one is higher.

The Bangladeshi official said that however, Sri Lanka from its baseline claimed about 1,000 nautical miles, which is India and Bangladesh's continental shelf territory.

According to the United Nations sources, India and the Maldives also objected to Sri Lanka's claim.

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