ITLOS verdict over Bay of Bengal
The landmark verdict at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg established legal territorial rights of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal. The court sustained Bangladesh’s claim to settle maritime boundary with Myanmar. The verdict cannot be appealed against and has become effective immediately. It is expected that the dispute with India over maritime boundaries will also be settled by 2014.
The first obstacle in uninterrupted economic use of sea resources is over. The next step is how best resources at sea can be utilised and protected. All the activities at sea demand safe environment and the people involved with those activities need some sort of security. Maritime security means ensuring of full control over our sea area and the activities carried out there.
Written by K.T. Zaman, for thedailystar.net