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The United Nations welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of the Mountain Peace Agreement

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The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples has welcomed progress in the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord by the Bangladesh government. The forum made this observation in the report of the 22nd session held from April 17 to 28 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

This was reported in the press release of the United Nations Permanent Mission on Saturday (April 29).

As reported in a news release, during the session of the Assembly, the Bangladeshi delegation in various meetings of the Forum has highlighted the achievements of the Bangladesh government in implementing the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in their statements. Representatives of small minority groups, including Sushil Samaj, a member of the indigenous community, and other individuals also participated in various meetings of this Forum. After the session, the Bangladeshi delegation welcomed various pieces of information presented by the delegations regarding the progress of implementing this agreement. They also requested Bangladesh to make further efforts towards the full implementation of the accord through constructive discussions and cooperation with the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, three Hill District Councils, and the Land Dispute Resolution Commission.

The Government of Bangladesh is committed to achieving inclusive and sustainable development of all its people, including ethnic minorities, and is working towards the full implementation of the historic Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Agreement signed in 1997 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord is an integral and essential part of our long-term plan for building an inclusive and peaceful Bangladesh. The government’s efforts towards implementing the accord have already brought visible changes in the lives of the small ethnic communities in Bangladesh, and this effort will continue uninterrupted, said Mohammad Abdul Muhit, Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Muhit has played an active role in the effective participation of the Bangladeshi delegation in various meetings of this forum.

The delegation highlighted various initiatives taken by the Bangladesh government to ensure the socio-economic development of minority ethnic groups in Bangladesh and increase their participation in related decision-making processes as well as to protect their unique cultural heritage, language and diversity in various meetings of the forum.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council that deals with the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

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