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  01 Dec 2021, 19:06

24th anniversary of CHT Peace Accord tomorrow

   DHAKA, Dec 1, 2021 (BSS) -The 24th anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts 
(CHT) Peace Accord is tomorrow.

   The accord was signed on December 2 in 1997 between the government and the 
Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) during the first tenure of 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ending bloody conflicts in three hill 
districts.

  The then Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signed the 
agreement on behalf of the government while Joritindra Bodhipriyo Larma 
(Santu Larma) on behalf of PCJSS.

  President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued 
separate messages marking the completion of 24 years of the signing of the 
historic agreement.

  Both the President and the Prime Minister greeted all people in the 
Chattogram hill districts on the occasion of completion of 24 years of the 
pact. 

   In his message, President Hamid called upon all irrespective of party 
affiliations to work together to make use of the potentials of hill 
districts.

  He recalled that the historic CHT Peace Accord was signed between the CHT 
Affairs National Committee and the PCJSS on December 2, 1997 at the 
initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ending long-standing conflicts.

  "Signing of the peace accord at the initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh 
Hasina will remain as an example in peaceful settlement of disputes," said 
the President.

  As a sequel to the implementation of CHT accord, the CHT Affairs Ministry 
and CHT Regional Council were formed, he said, adding that signing of the 
accord has helped intensify socio-economic, cultural and infrastructure 
development of the Chattogram hill districts. 

   In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen, 
specially the people of the three hill districts, on the occasion of the 
completion of 24th years of the historic agreement.

   The Prime Minister sought cooperation from all for full implementation of 
the CHT peace accord and thus building a prosperous, happy and peaceful 
'Sonar Bangla' of Bangabandhu through socio-economic development of the hill 
regions. 

    On December 2 in 1997, the historic CHT Peace Accord was signed without the 
mediation of any third party, with a view to stopping bloody conflicts in the 
CHT, the premier said.

  "It is a rare incident in the world history . . . this peace accord brought 
an end to the long-term bloody racial skirmishes in the CHT region and 
established the trend of peace and development there," said the Prime 
Minister.

   Sheikh Hasina said achieving the UNESCO Peace Prize is a global 
recognition to this accord.

   The Prime Minister said the post 1975 undemocratic governments (after the 
assassination of Bangabandhu) had created divisions between the Bangalee and 
the mountainous people for their self-interest instead of maintaining social 
stability there.

  Killings, tortures and injustice, grabbing of land and wealth and misuse of 
the state resources had made the region more unstable, she added.

  She said after coming to the power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat government 
strongly opposed the accord had tried to create unrest in the area but they 
failed to do so. 

   After coming to power in 2009, Sheikh Hasina said her government has been 
implementing massive development programmes in all sectors, including 
education, health, electricity, communications, infrastructure and mobile 
networks in the region.

  The Prime Minister said CHT is no more a backward locality because of the 
timely steps taken by her government.
 

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