Mizoram govt, Hmars talks fizzle out

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Government rejects conditions put forth by HPC (D)

The proposed peace talks between the Mizoram government and a faction of the Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) did not materialise as the State government rejected the conditions put forward by it, a senior State government official said.

Autonomous council

“The HPC (D) faction, led by Lalhmingthanga Sanate, set pre-conditions including establishment of an autonomous district council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in the Hmar community-concentrated area and tripatite talks by inclusion of a senior official from the Centre,” he said.

The State government rejected the conditions as its stance was that there should be no conditions for holding talks, he said.

The talks were to be held in August end.

Peace parleys with the major faction, led by H Zosangbera, would soon resume and the next round of talks was likely to be the last official level talks as it would be elevated to the political level, he said.

Sanate was the founder president of the HPC (D) when the outfit went underground soon after the surrender of HPC cadres following the agreement inked with the Mizoram government in July 1994.

Suspension of Operation

He was ousted as president by the Zosangbera faction after he signed the Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Manipur government along with the Kuki militant groups, allegedly without consulting other leaders including the outfit’s “Army Chief” Lalropuia Famhoite.

Source: The Hindu

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