Bangladesh's military says it will begin withdrawing troops from the
country's southeastern hills, nearly 12 years after signing a peace
deal with tribal insurgents.
The defense ministry said Wednesday three infantry battalions and 35 security camps will begin pulling out immediately. Officials say the withdrawal will be completed by September.
The ministry says this would be the "biggest" withdrawal of forces from the Chittagong Hill Tracts since a peace treaty was signed with tribal insurgents in 1997.
The ministry said in a statement that it hoped the withdrawal would be considered a "milestone" by residents of the region, and that the Bangladeshi government is sincere and committed to fully implementing the peace deal.
The treaty was signed when the Awami League was in power. The party, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is now in office again.
Amir Khasru has more on the story.