Proposed talks between Mizoram and Sanate faction of HPC (D) cancelled

AIZAWL, SEPTEMBER 3 (NNN): 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 the Sanate faction in the later part of August in Aizawl.

Home department official said that the Sanate faction of HPC (D) set pre-conditions such as creation of an autonomous district council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in the Hmar community concentrated area.

“The proposed peace talks with the Sanate faction has been cancelled as it failed to withdraw its condition and backtracked from its stand,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the parley between Mizoram government and HPC (D) faction led by H Zosangbersa is expected to resume within this month. The date for next round of talks will be fixed very soon. The Mizoram government has 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 a 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, Hmar inhabited areas of Churachandpur, and newly created Pherzawl districts of Manipur, Cachar and North Cachar Hills districts of Assam.