Myanmar refused to back down Thursday in a row with Bangladesh, vowing it would continue to explore gas in disputed waters despite a four-day standoff between warships in the Bay of Bengal.
Myanmar, which has discovered huge reserves of natural gas in the Bay of Bengal, insisted its exploration work was legal.
"The government of the Union of Myanmar rejects the wrongful demands of Bangladesh as it has been working according to international law," said a statement broadcast on Myanmar state television.
"In order to protect and maintain the benefit of the country the exploration of (area) AD7 will continue until it has finished," it added.
The two countries have held a series of meetings in the past year aimed at resolving the dispute over their maritime boundary.
Tensions flared when Myanmar sent warships to support a Korean company drilling some 50 kilometres (30 miles) sout
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