Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): The next round of peace talks between the Mizoram government and Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic), which was tentatively scheduled to be held within July is likely to be deferred in August, officials said.
State home department officials said that the next round of peace parleys needs to be deferred as the Mizoram government is yet to complete its homework for the proposed talks.
The next round of peace talks is deferred to be held in August and is believed to be the last official level talks after which the ongoing parleys would be elevated to political level, officials said.
The peace talks between Mizoram government and HPC (D) was revived in August last year after it had ended in a deadlock over extension of period of Suspension of Operation (SoO) in 2013. So far, both sides had held talks on four occasions with the first round of talks being held in Aizawl on 10 August last year. This was followed by another two rounds of talks in 2016 (October 5 and December 16). On December 16, HPC(D) surrendered arms and ammunition taken from Mizoram police. The fourth round of peace talks was held on April 28 this year which ended in peaceful note.
Home department officials said that four rounds of talks held since August 10 last year were held under cordial atmosphere and mutual trusts. Both sides were optimistic to reach the final stage of peace talks by finding an amicable solution to the Hmar political imbroglio.
The ongoing peace talks revolved around according autonomy to Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC), formed after signing of peace accord between the state government and the erstwhile underground HPC on July 27, 1994.
The name of the council was proposed to be changed from SHDC to Sinlung Hills Council (SHC), which would comprise 12 elected members and 2 nominated members to be headed by Chief Executive Member (CEM).
During the last peace talks held on April 28, both sides also deliberated over power and functions to be accorded to Sinlung Hills Council, its budget and many other important issues.