The United Nations Development Program has reopened an office in Rangamati in the southeastern Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. That office had been closed because of continuing unrest in the area.
U-N-D-P officials said they believe the region is sufficiently secure to restart development activities there. Development work in the region was suspended two years ago after three foreign aid workers (two Britons and a Dane) were kidnapped by suspected tribal militants.
One of the Britons was released immediately and the others were eventually released unharmed.
A 25-year long separatist insurgency in the area was supposed to have ended with the signing of a peace treaty in 1997 but has continued to sputter on.
U-N-D-P officials said the security situation will be monitored closely.
According to a French News Agency report, Western donors have promised millions of dollars in development aid for the hilly region once security is ensured.