CHT Peace Accord anniversary today
News Desk || risingbd.com
The 26th anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord is today (Friday).
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 (JS) Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signed the agreement on behalf of the government while Joritindra Bodhipriyo Larma (Santu Larma) on behalf of PCJSS.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages marking the completion of 26 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 26 years of the covenant.
In his message, the President called upon everyone to contribute more to the overall development of the country, including the hill districts.
The head of the state 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.
The President added that the signing of the peace accord at the initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be memorable for peaceful settlement of disputes.
He hoped that CHT will move forward in development and progress in the continuation of the peace accord.
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 26 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 Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through socio-economic development of the hill regions.
The Prime Minister said the post-1975 undemocratic governments (after the assassination of Bangabandhu) had created divisions between the Bangalee and the hill 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.