Sielmat (zoramobserver.com): The Hmar People’s Convention (D) has appealed to the public to support the ongoing peace talks.
In addition to the ongoing negotiations with Mizoram government, the outfit which is a signatory to the Suspension of Operation in Manipur, is taking part in the tripartite talks involving the Centre, the Manipur government and the United People’s Front (a conglomerate of ethnic Zo ethnic tribal militants).
“On August 9, 2017, the United People’s Front will hold the third round of political talks with the Indian government and the Manipur government in New Delhi. The UPF will put its political demand which is similar to the Bodo Territorial Council (in Assam),” a press statement issued by the Chairman faction of the HPC(D) said.
Talks with Mizoram government
The militant organisation, which is one of the oldest insurgent groups in North East India, also said that another round of talks with the Mizoram government are likely to be held in mid-August.
“This is likely to be end of the ‘official level’ talks and we expect ‘political level’ talks soon,” said the outfit. Over 10 rounds of official level talks have been held since 2010 between Mizoram officials and the HPC(D) rebels.
The organisation also said that talks are going on for a peace settlement in Assam where its Assam Region cadres are engaged in talks with the Centre and the state government along with other militants.
“We appealed to all members of the Hmar church and the public to pray for a peaceful and successful resolution of our long-standing political demands,” the organisation added in its August 6, 2017, statement.
The HPC(D), which has its roots in Mizoram, has been demanding an autonomous district council in that state while its regional units in Manipur and Assam are trying to achieve “political rights” of the Hmars in the two states.