Hamid said Chittagong Hill Tracts is a region rich in natural resources and it has great potential for development
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday issued separate messages marking the 23rd anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord.
On the completion of 23 years of the historic agreement, President Hamid called upon all irrespective of party affiliations to work together to harness the potentials of the hill districts.
The head of the state, in his message, said the CHT Peace Accord would be a shining example in the world in resolving disputes peacefully.
On the occasion of the signing of the CHT Peace Accord, he extended his best wishes to all the residents of the hill districts.
Rangamati, Bandarban, and Khagrachhari are the three hill districts of Bangladesh which are a source of natural beauty, he said, adding that the colorful lifestyle, language and culture of different people living in the hills for ages have made this region special and unique.
He further said that the historic agreement or the accord was signed on December 2 in 1997 between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) with the sincere initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for socio-economic development and peace in the hill districts.
Hamid said Chittagong Hill Tracts is a region rich in natural resources and it has great potential for development.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen, especially the people of the three hill districts, on the occasion of the completion of 23 years of the historic agreement.
The prime minister sought cooperation from all for full implementation of the CHT peace accord.
On December 2 in 1997, the historic CHT Peace Accord was signed without the mediation of any third party, with a view to stopping bloody conflicts in the CHT, the premier said.
This peace accord brought an end to the long-term bloody racial skirmishes in the CHT region and established the trend of peace and development there, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said achieving the Unesco Peace Prize is a global recognition to this accord.
The prime minister said the post-1975 undemocratic governments (after the assassination of Bangabandhu) had created divisions between the Bangalee and the hill people for their self-interest instead of maintaining social stability there.
Killings, tortures and injustice, grabbing of lands and wealth and misuse of the state resources had made the region more unstable, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has been implementing massive development programmes in all sectors, including education, health, electricity, communications, infrastructure and mobile networks in the region.
Over 10,890 families have been given power supply by setting up solar panels in the region, she said, adding that a beautiful complex is being built on two acres of land in Dhaka's Baily Road at a cost of Tk94 crore for the people of hill districts, she added.