Thursday, March 17, 2005

BANGLADESH: Govt may ask 2 EU envoys to be called back

‘The government would informally request the two countries to withdraw their ambassadors to Bangladesh as the activities of the two envoys are negatively impacting Bangladesh’s good relations with the countries,’ a source close to the policy planners concerned told New Age. The government has also decided to be stricter in implementing the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961, as it believes that some foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka are frequently violating diplomatic norms and are ‘involving themselves in the internal politics of the country’, the source said. ‘We prefer not to declare the diplomats persona non grata as such declaration would have adverse impact on our relationships with the countries concerned.’ The government is closely monitoring the activities of some diplomats and senior officials of international lending agencies in Dhaka as it finds their actions and remarks to have ‘crossed limit of tolerance’, he added.............More