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Myanmar to establish coast guard to boost maritime safety

Myanmar will soon establish a coast guard to protect its over 2000-kilometre-long coastline and territorial waters, news reports said.

Minister of Transport and Communication U Thant Zin Maung was quoted by China’s Xinhua state news agency as saying that the new law enforcement body will also ensure the safety of sea routes, especially in areas where there is off-shore drilling and construction of deep-sea ports.

The force will also work to conserve and protect the country’s marine resources as well as play a key role in responding to maritime accidents and natural disasters.

The coast guard is also aimed at dealing with non-traditional maritime security threats such as human trafficking, illegal entry, black marketeering, narcotics trafficking, and illegal fishing, Xinhua said.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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