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Tatmadaw stand-down defuses border crisis with Bangladesh

05 March 2018

The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) has pulled back troops from a potential flashpoint on the country’s border with Bangladesh following a sharp spike in tensions and protests from Dhaka.

The move by Myanmar’s army-backed, paramilitary Border Guard Police (BGP) took place on 3-4 March following a sudden reinforcement of Myanmar forces at what is widely regarded as one the region’s tensest frontiers.

Involving 200 troops reportedly supported by mortars and machine guns, the Myanmar build-up occurred in an area near the Ghundum – Taung Pyo Let Wea crossing point, which has been occupied since August 2017 by an estimated 6,000-6,500 Muslim Rohingya refugees.

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