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Only permanent cantonments to remain in CHT: Sajeda

03 Dec 2009

The government will gradually withdraw all the military camps from Chittagong Hill Tracts but six permanent cantonments will remain in the area to defend country’s sovereignty, Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury said yesterday.

Sajeda Chowdhury, who is also the chairperson of National Committee for Implementation of the CHT Peace Accord, said the government is committed to honour the peace treaty and would do everything for this.

She was speaking as chief guest at the inauguration of a cultural function of indigenous people at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday. Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility and UNDP jointly organised the programme.

The implementation of the peace accord was halted during the BNP-Jamaat government though they had formed a committee headed by Mannan Bhuiyan to execute the treaty, said Sajeda adding the committee had done nothing.

She said the national committee for implementation of the accord met several times to determine the functioning of the peace pact.

To implement the accord, the present government has already taken some steps like the rehabilitation of 12,223 tribal refugee families, rehabilitation of Jana Sanghati Samiti members and cluster village programme for 26,000 Bangalee families, Sajeda said.

The session was addressed by, among others, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee for CHT Ministry Mohammad Shah Alam, UN Resident Coordinator Renata Lok Dessallien and Head of the European Commission Delegation to Bangladesh Stefan Frowein.

A three-day-long exhibition also started on the first floor of the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre where around 100 stalls from different tribes displayed ethnic products.

 Source: Daily Star


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