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12:00 AM, December 02, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:13 AM, December 02, 2019

Govt running propaganda over the CHT peace accord

Shantu Larma alleges

The govern-ment is relentlessly spreading propaganda at home and abroad, saying that it has implemented 48 of the 72 clauses of Chattogram Hill Tracts Peace Accord, alleged Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity President Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at a city hotel on the occasion of 22nd anniversary of signing of the treaty, Larma, popularly known as Shantu Larma, claimed that only 24 clauses had been implemented fully, 14 partially, and the remaining 34 were unimplemented.

“Although 22 years have passed after signing of the peace accord, the government is yet to implement the basic and important sections of the treaty,” said Shantu.

The PCJSS president said the Awami League government, which has been in power for the last 11 years, was also in office when the accord was signed in 1997. 

“But the government didn’t take any effective measures to implement the unimplemented sections of the treaty, causing serious disappointment and frustration among the hill people,” he said.   

Mentioning that the present situation of hill tracts area is very bad, Shantu also alleged that the hill people are forced to live in an uncertain future.

“The political party which signed the peace accord for a peaceful solution to the Chattogram Hill Tracts problem now seems determined to make the accord void through calling Jana Sanghati Samity a terror organisation,” he claimed.

“In fact, there is no alternative to implementation of the peace accord for resolving the Chattogram Hill Tracts problem.”  

“Any conspiracy in the name of resolving Chattogram Hill Tracts problem will never bring good results,” said Shantu.

Implementation of the peace treaty is now far away, although the hill people have been waiting for this for 22 years, added Shantu.

“The backs of hill people are up against the wall …. They will now try to fight back. And for that, they will do everything necessary,” Shantu warned.

He, however, said it is up to the hill people what they will do in future to realise their demand as all paths for waging lawful movement has been stopped at present.

The treaty was signed on December 2, 1997, between the government and the PCJSS during the first tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ending bloody conflicts in three hill districts.

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