'71 According to the World
On 16 December 2007, Bangladesh completes her 36th year of Independence. Even after all these years, the memories of 71, the nine month war of independence, the countless sacrifice, pains and suffering are still fresh in our mind.
This year we look back to the nine month war of Liberation again…
After Pakistan's surrender late on 16 December 1971, people in Bangladesh rejoiced at their liberation. This was followed by a need to get international acceptance for Bangladesh, as only a few countries recognised the new nation. Bangladesh sought admission in the UN with most voting in its favour, but China vetoed this as Pakistan was its key ally.
However, the United States was one of the last nations to accord Bangladesh recognition.To ensure a smooth transition, in 1972 the Simla Agreement was signed between India and Pakistan.
Media, all over the world, reported the Liberation War-- the way they saw it.
With special thanks to the Liberation War Museum
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