It is very interesting to observe the negotiation between Bangladesh
and India last week (15-17 September).
News confirm that the negotiation is inconclusive due to, among
others, the failure in defining the ending part of their land
boundaries which go along Hariabhanga river. The two sates failed to
conclude whether the river flows at th eastern of western side of a
small 'island' called South Talpatty.
The small feature is reported submerged during high tide. Therefore,
the feature does not meet the requirements set in Article 121 of the
LOCS, so it should not an island.
IMHO, the ending part of the land boundaries will lead to the terminal
point (of land border) which in turn will serve as the starting point
of maritime boundaries. Therefore, the failure in defining this will
prevent Bangladesh and India from continuing their maritime boundary
delimitation. Am I right in this?
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I Made Andi Arsana
Geodesy and Geomatics, Gadjah Mada University, INDONESIA
An Australian Leadership Award Scholar (PhD Candidate)
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS)
University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA
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