Prime minister says CHT Peace Accord is mostly implemented

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said most of the articles of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord has been implemented.

Published : 10 Feb 2016, 05:57 PM
Updated : 10 Feb 2016, 08:26 PM

She made the claim in Parliament during a question-answer session on Wednesday.

Asked by Rangamati MP Ushatan Talukder about the implementation of the accord, the prime minister said, “We’ll implement the articles that are yet to be executed.”

Hasina said her government is proceeding with a plan for a political solution to the problems in the hill tracts.

She claimed her government is ‘very sincere’ about its operationalisation. “It’s our responsibility to end the sorrows of the hills people.”

The government led by Hasina signed the peace agreement in 1997 with Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti ending decades of bush way in the hill tracts.

Her remarks came at a time when PCJSS leader Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, better known as Santu Larma, has spoken of his annoyance in recent programmes at the accord not being implemented.

Larma is even threatening to return to take up the gun again if the accord is not implemented ‘fully’. 

He has demanded a roadmap for the implementation and says army’s authority and the unsolved land issue irk him.

Hasina said in Parliament, “The inhabitants of the hill tracts are the citizens of our country, our companions in ups and downs. It is our duty to end their misery, if they have any.”

She said no other country was included in the accord, which she said unlike peace accords other countries have signed.

“No outsider will understand what is needed for their (inhabitants of the hill tracts) wellbeing if we don’t,” she said.

She urged the CHT Regional Council and District Council to extend help to the Land Commission to settle land issues.

“We are considering this a political issue and saying this cannot be settled through the military but discussion,” Hasina said.

She said the government would have had more time to implement the accord if the Regional Council and its chief Larma were ‘more’ active.