Newmai News Network
Aizawl | November 8
Leaders of all Hmar ethnic based civil organizations have agreed to make an appeal to the Mizoram Government to make improvement and ratification in the proposed Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) between the Mizoram Government and Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic). A resolution to this effect was taken at the consultative meeting of the Hmar leaders on draft of MoS and Sinlung Hills Council Bill convened under the aegis of Hmar Inpui, an apex body of the Hmar tribe at Sakawrdai village in Hmar dominated north Mizoram today, sources from the Hmar Inpui said.
The meeting which held at Sakawrdai community hall was presided over by Hmar Inpui, general headquarters president Joseph Lalrothang, while HPC (D) working chairman Lalthanglien aka LT Hmar highlighted the initiation and history of peace talks between the Mizoram Government and the Hmar militant outfit. They also informed about the latest development to the gathering.
The meeting also witnessed a brief note on the MoS and SHC bill drafts by HPC (D) spokesperson Lalthalien, a church leader from Manipur, who also explained about the drafts clause by clause before the gathering.
The consultative meeting which was attended by leaders of Hmar Inpui, HPC (D), Hmar Students’ Association (HSA), HPC (D) delegates and other important leaders including Sinlung Hills Development Council Development (SHDC) chairman Hmingchungnunga, who was the signatory of the peace accord signed between the Mizoram government and the erstwhile Hmar People’s Convention (HPC) in 1994 has widely deliberated on the MoS and SHC Bill drafts. The meeting endorsed and approved in principle the draft of MoS and SHC bill, but came out with suggestions for improvement of the proposed MoS, a top leader of the Hmar Inpui disclosed.
After a prolonged deliberation, the meeting made some changes and improvement on the MoS draft and unanimously agreed to make an appeal to the State Government of Mizoram for ratification of the drafts based on the changes or improvement made by the Hmar leaders, which will be tabled by the HPC (D) delegates at the proposed political level talks to be held most probably before this Christmas, the top leader added.
Apart from leaders of various Hmar ethnic based civil bodies, the student body and HPC(D), the consultative meeting was also attended by representative of Village Councils from 19 villages and leaders of various NGOs within HPC(D) demand area which comprised north Mizoram adjoining Manipur.
With strong pressure from the civil societies, the Mizoram Government and HPC (D) resumed peace talks in August last year to find an amicable solution to the Hmar political imbroglio. The peace talks between the Mizoram Government and HPC (D) were revived in August last year, 3 years after it had ended in a deadlock over the extension of period of Suspension of Operation (SoO).