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11 February 2015

Ex-Mizo CM Raps UPA For ‘Delaying’ Peace Deals

Aizawl, Feb 11 : Former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga slammed the UPA government for refusing to engage with Manipur-based Kuki-Chin-Mizo ethnic insurgent groups in spite of signing ceasefire agreements with them.

The Mizo National Front (MNF) chief, who was in Shillong last week to broker a peace deal between United People's Front' (UPF) and the state, said the UPA regime signed Suspension of
Operation (SoO) agreements with Hmar, Kuki, Gangte and Paite militant groups but
did not hold political talks with them in the past 6 years.

"I met the Manipur-based groups in Shillong to find a permanent solution to their problems," the former underground leader said.

Zoramthanga said he hopes the NDA government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would work to solve the issues of the region.

"The outfits are extremely fed-up with the delaying tactics of the erstwhile UPA regime. We hope to have peace now," he said.

Zoramthanga had already met the Manipur-based
ethnic groups in Delhi after he returned from Myanmar and Thailand in January.

The former chief minister had visited Yangon and Bangkok to broker peace between the Myanmar government and ethnic insurgent groups in that country.

After meeting Myanmar ministers and officials in Yangon, Zoramthanga met
17 ethnic Myanmarese
insurgent groups, comprising Karens, Kachins, Was, Arakanese, Chins and other ethnic factions, in Yangon.

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