Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Representatives of Mizoram government and the Hmar Hmar People Convention (Democratic) rebels have failed to reach a final peace agreement again after their meeting at the State Guest House here in Aizawl on April 28, 2017.
Mizoram government was represented by Additional Secretary (Home) Lalbiakzama, Joint Secretary (Home) Lalhriatpuia, CID (SB) SP Rodingliana Chawngthu, Deputy Secretary R Lalṭhazuala and OSD (Home) David H Lalthangliana.
The Hmar rebels were represented by HPC(D) Working Chairman Lalthanglien Hmar (LT Hmar), social activists Lalthalien (spokesperson), David Buhril, Dr John Pulamte, Lalthlamuana Hmar and Lalrammuanpuia.
Lalbiakzama told reporters that the talks were held in a conducive atmosphere. “We are happy about the progress we made and we are moving ahead. We are seriously looking for a lasting peace solution,” he said while noting that it will take time for a final agreement to be signed.
Lalbiakzama also said that the next round of talks with the HPC(D) leadership has not been fixed. “We may have it in June,” he said.
HPC (D) Working Chairman Lalthanglien Hmar was also optimistic about the peace talks. “Eveything is going well. We discussed things in detailed manner and no final agreement has been reached,” he said.
He said the peace deal involves many issues and “as such it is not possible to come to an agreement with just one or two talks.”
Lalthanglien Hmar also told a local daily that the issue of an autonomous district council, which the Hmar rebels fought for in northeastern Mizoram region, was not taken up during the last round of talks. “However, we discussed Sinlung Hills Council power and administration,” he said.
Other issues taken up in the talks include rehabilitaion for HPC(D) cadres once they lay down their arms. However, no decisions were taken on that issue either, according to sources.
The last round of talks between Mizoram government and the HPC(D) was on December 16, 2016. The two sides had signed a seven-point Frame Work Agreement which will address the concerns of the Hmar rebels. One of the agreement was the return of two guns seized by HPC(D) cadres after an ambush on the Mizoram Police at Zokhawthiang. The guns were returned as a confidence building measure by the outfit.