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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

CHT land disputes to be solved thru' discussion

Source: The Daily Star News

Sajeda tells view exchange meeting

Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday said land disputes are the main problem in Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) area and the problem will be solved through discussions with the indigenous people.

The CHT Land Commission is working to solve the problem. A land survey is needed and it is the important thing for the area, she added.

Sajeda, who is also convener of CHT Peace Accord Implementation Committee, speaking as the chief guest at a view exchange meeting on 'A Decade of CHT Peace Accord: Expectations and Achievements' at the National Press Club in the city.

Shamprity Manchya, a voluntary organisation, organised the meeting.

The CHT peace accord brought an end to a two-decade-long insurgency in the area. After signing the accord in 1997 on December 2, members of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), who had been in an armed struggle for autonomy of CHT, surrendered their arms to the then Awami League government.

The Awami League leader said if there is any contradiction in the peace accord, the government will sit with all the stakeholders and then would take a decision to solve the problem.

About constitutional recognition to the indigenous people, she said the constitution has ensured their rights.

Sajeda stressed the need for taking an initiative to protect their traditional culture, language and lifestyle.

Speaking as the special guest, State Minister for CHT Affairs Dipankar Talukdar said the government had made a progress regarding the implementation of the accord.

Chaired by Prof Ajoy Roy, the function was addressed by General Secretary of Indigenous Forum Sanjib Drong and PCJSS leader Shaktiphad Tripura.

Noted journalist Shahriar Kabir presented a keynote paper at the view exchange meeting.

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