- Press Release
1 June 2007
The Advisor on Foreign and CHT Affairs Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed
Chowdhury of the current interim government of Bangladesh
called a meeting with the Advisory Committee on CHT Affairs
Ministry on 31 May in Dhaka for discussion on CHT affairs
with special reference to some crucial provisions of the
1997 'CHT Peace Treaty' that remained unimplemented during
the terms of the two previous governments. Such provisions
include, among others, delegation of power to the local
government, land right of the local people and withdrawal
of 'temporary' military camps from the CHT.
The Advisory Committee consists of the Chairman CHT
Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma, Chairmen of
three Hill District Councils, Chiefs of three Circles and
three members of the non-indigenous (Bengali) permanent
residents of the CHT.
Peace Campaign Group welcomes the move and requests the
current administration of Bangladesh to solve the
long-standing problems rather than making it a mere
diplomatic exercise to show to the international community.
PCG also urges the government to release the PCJSS and
other indigenous leaders arrested by the Joint Forces under
the emergency rule in place in the country by framing false
charges against them as a mark of its good-will towards
Peace Campaign Group
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