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07 January 2013

Mizoram Sets Talking Terms with HPC-D

Aizawl, Jan 7 : The Mizoram government, which has been postponing the peace parleys with the Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) since the last round of talks held in Aizawl on November 11, 2010, has now placed a proposal before the militant organisation for a new round of talks.

The HPC (D) was floated in 2000 for an autonomous district council in the Hmar Christian-dominated Sinlung area in Mizoram.

A senior home department official of the state said in Aizawl that home minister R. Lalzirliana has informed the rebel leaders that the government was ready for conditional talks.

Lalzirliana said, “We are not opposed to a dialogue with the top brass of the HPC (D) as they are our brothers and they should not consider this government their enemy.”

Reports from the home department said to hold talks between the Mizoram government and the HPC (D), the Hmar rebels should abide by some conditions such allowing the postponed rural council polls to be held in the areas under the Sinlung Hills Development Council.

The elections to the development council were twice postponed since the Congress government came to power in Mizoram following the Assembly polls in December 2008.

Sources said the two other conditions are that the HPC (D) should postpone its demand for the dissolution of the branches of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), the largest NGO in Mizoram, in Sinlung areas and the group should not interfere in implementation of schemes under the MGNREGA.

After the first round of talks held in Aizawl, there were no more negotiation as the official delegation to the talks objected to the proposal by Hmar rebels to induct a Hmar clergyman, who is now a US national.

Mizoram is now keen to resume the parleys keeping in mind the Assembly polls, scheduled for later this year. According to reports, a senior official of the Mizoram police (CID) had secretly met a three-member team of the HPC (D) on December 13 in Aizawl.

The team, comprising three HPC (D) delegates, met here and then moved to Aizawl to continue the talks. The senior home department official had made it clear that his government was, however, firm in not releasing the chairman of the HPC (D) Zosangbera, 34, who was apprehended at New Delhi airport in June last year.


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