An Agreement, Almost!

The peace talks between the government-appointed National Committee on CHT and the Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) seems to be nearing the end of a long road. Once signed, the agreement will end the 23-year insurgency that traces its roots back to the time of the previous Awami League government of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The PCJSS has indicated that they would like to sign the final CHT peace agreement on 25 November to coincide with the tripartite (Bangladesh-Pakistan-India) economic summit and Indian Prime Minister I.K. Gujral's visit to Bangladesh.

Any agreement on the CHT would be a personal political victory for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Only that the dialogue is facing hurdles in its final stages.

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