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Programmes undertaken to observe anniv today
22 years of CHT peace accord
BSS, Dhaka

Programmes undertaken to observe anniv today

Sheikh Hasina and Santu Larma - File photo

The 22nd anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord will be observed today through various programmes.

The accord was signed on December 2 in 1997 between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram 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.

To mark the day, CHT Affairs Ministry led by minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing will pay homage to Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Dhanmondi 32 at 7.30am.

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The ministry will also hold a discussion meeting at its meeting room at 10am, said a media release.  A 3-day programme has been taken in Khagrachhari and the local administration has also taken adequate security measures for peaceful celebration of the day.

The programmes include peace accord fair, planting 22 saplings in Parbattya Zilla Council ground, colourful rally, placing wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Town Hall. A discussion meeting will be held at Khagrachhari Town Hall at 10am. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages marking the completion of 22 years of the historic agreement.

In his message, President Hamid called upon all irrespective of party affiliations to work together to make use of the potentials of hill districts.  “I believe that peace accord is expediting socioeconomic and cultural development of the people in CHT region,” said the President. 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.

 “It will remain as a glaring example for resolving disputes peacefully in the world,” the President said. As a sequel to the implementation of CHT accord, the CHT Affairs Ministry and CHT Regional Council were formed, he said.

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 22 years of the historic agreement.

The Prime Minister sought cooperation from all for full implementation of the CHT peace accord.

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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, she said.

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