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'Cooperation from all quarters needed to resolve CHT land disputes'

  • Published at 10:04 pm December 19th, 2019
Prime Minister’s Advisor on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi
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Dr Gowher Rizvi made the statement during a roundtable discussion on the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, held at CIRDAP auditorium in Dhaka

Dr Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister, has said cooperation from all quarters is needed to resolve land disputes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area.

“This [the land disputes problem] is the most crucial issue in the hill tracts region. All the concerned stakeholders need to work together so that this issue is resolved. If you can resolve at least 10 cases, that would be a good start,” said Rizvi.  

He said this during a roundtable discussion on the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, held at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) auditorium in Dhaka on Thursday. 

He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very optimistic regarding the complete implementation of the peace accord as soon as possible.

While echoing this sentiment, State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing said people need to understand that his ministry is not alone responsible for the implementation of the peace accord, adding: "There is a committee for this. So it is not reasonable to only blame the government."  

While presenting the keynote paper, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Secretary Md Mesbahul Islam said: "A total of 48 sections of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord have already been implemented while 15 have partially been implemented and nine others are in the process of being implemented."

Muhammad Zamir, former chief information commissioner of the Information Commission, said that security has been beefed up in the hill tract areas due to the Rohingya crisis. 

Speakers at the roundtable also urged the authorities concerned to build an airport near the Chittagong Hill Tracts to attract more foreign tourists there, adding that steps must be taken to ensure communal harmony in the region.