Jan 20, 2012

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Dhaka Says It Will Implement Peace Accords

At a meeting in her official residence, Ganobhaban, the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, gave renewed hope of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord being employed. The treaty, signed in December 1997, ended years of insecurity in the region, and promised recognition for the rights of the indigenous peoples.

Below is an article published by the Financial Express Bangladesh:

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Thursday [19 January 2012] asserted that the Awami League (AL) government would surely implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord as it signed the historic treaty ending two decades of unrest in the CHT region, reports BSS.

She said this at a meeting with the leaders and workers of Khagrachhari district unit of the party at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city.

The PM invited the AL leaders and workers as part of her plan to discuss development issues of the area as well as organisational matters to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.

She assured the CHT leaders of establishing a university and a medical college in the CHT to facilitate local students to pursue their studies in medical science and other disciplines.

Sheikh Hasina said the CHT Peace Accord was signed to restore peace in the hills. We want to ensure security of every people in the CHT and make them self-reliant.

Deputy Leader of the Jatiya Sangsad and Convener of CHT Peace Treaty Implementation Committee Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, AL presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, MP, Satish Chandra Roy, AL General Secretary and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and AL Joint Secretary Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif were present.

The PM reminded that country's democracy was earned in exchange for huge sacrifice of the people and relentless struggle. The country can prosper when democracy prevails, she said adding her government is striving to give the democracy a firm footing.

Criticizing the BNP chairperson's unbending stand on caretaker government (CG) issue, the PM said, " I cannot understand why she forgot the torture of the past CG".

Our demand for holding a general election under a CG derived from 'Magura Like' bypoll and 'February 15' general election, when people were barred from exercising their franchise.