Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): The proposed talks between the Mizoram government and Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) faction led by Lalhmingthanga Sanate has been cancelled as the government turned down the conditions put forward by the faction and its proposal to hold tripartite talks, a senior home department official said.
The government had earlier proposed to hold peace talks with Sanate faction in the later part of August in Aizawl so that they also come overground when a peace accord is signed with the faction led by H Zosangbera with which the state government is holding peace talks.
Home department official said that Sanate faction of HPC (D) set pre-conditions like creation of an autonomous district council under the sixth schedule of the Constitution in the Hmar community concentrated area and tripartitetalks involving the centre, state government and the militants.
“The proposed peace talks with Sanate faction has been cancelled as it fails to withdraw its condition and backtracked from its stand,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the parleys between Mizoram government and HPC (D) faction led by H. Zosangbersa is expected to resume within this month and the date for next round of talks will be fixed very soon.
The Mizoram government has had held peace talks with H. Zosangbera faction on four occasions and the next round of peace talks is expected to be the last official level talks after which it would be elevated to political level.
Home department officials said that ongoing peace talks with H. Zosangbera faction which revolved around creating Sinlung Hills Council is nearing to its conclusion.
They added that the parleys were held under cordial atmosphere and mutual trust.
HPC(D) is an offshoot of the Hmar People’s Convention (HPC), which came into existence due to dissatisfaction over peace accord signed between Mizoram government and the erstwhile HPC in 1994.
The outfit is primarily active in Mizoram, the Hmar inhabited areas of Churachandpur and newly created Pherzawl districts of in Manipur, Cachar and North Cachar Hills districts of Assam.
Lalhmingthanga Sanate was the founder president of HPC (D) when the outfit went underground soon after erstwhile HPC signed peace accord with Mizoram government. The split in the HPC (D) came after Sanate, without consulting other top leaders signed Suspension of Operation (SoO) with Manipur government along with the Kuki armed groups.