Peace talks between the Mizoram government and the Manipur-based Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) are scheduled to resume on Thursday next, a senior state Home department official said. Additional Secretary in the Home department, Lalbiakzama told PTI that the talks scheduled to be held this week would probably be the last official level talks, after which the talks would be elevated to political level.
Lalbiakzama expressed the hope that the coming talks would finalise the framework agreement already deliberated.
This round of parleys was delayed due to the government’s proposal to hold talks with the HPC (D) faction led by Lalhmingthanga Sanate during the last part of August. The proposed talks with the Sanate faction fizzled out after the state government rejected the conditions set by the outfit – creation of separate autonomous district council for the Hmars and inclusion of a senior official from the Centre in the talks. The HPC (D) was formed by Sanate immediately after the erstwhile underground HPC cadres surrendered arms following the agreement signed with the state government in 1994.