HPC-D accuses Mizoram govt of sabotaging peace talks

Manipur`s Hmar People`s Convention - Democrats accused the Mizoram government of attempting to sabotage the ongoing peace dialogue between the outfit and the state government by putting up `strategic impediments`.

Aizawl: Manipur`s Hmar People`s Convention -
Democrats accused the Mizoram government of attempting to
sabotage the ongoing peace dialogue between the outfit and the
state government by putting up `strategic impediments`.

In a press statement signed by John F Hmar, publicity
secretary of the militant group and e-mailed to the press, the
HPC-D alleged that the state government was trying to put
forward `narrow` pre-conditions for talks and dictate terms by
publicly accusing the militant group of including a US citizen
in the delegation.

"We have never revealed the names of the delegation
members, " the statement said, adding that the outfit was well
aware of and sensitive to the constitutional proprieties and
norms and had never intended to engage any foreigner to
represent them in the parleys.

State chief minister Lal Thanhawla informed the state
assembly that the government-HPC-D talks could not be
continued as the outfit intended to have an American citizen
in its delegation team and the state home secretary
Lalmalsawma also had earlier said the same thing to the media.

The HPC-D alleged that the statements made by the
chief minister and the home secretary were aimed at nipping
the prospect of a democratic dialogue in the bud.

Asking the Lal Thanhawla regime to be `honest` in
future talks, the millitant group said that it condemned any
repetition of devisive plot to fragment the Hmar people and
deprive them of realising their constitutional rights.

The first round of talks between the two party was
held on November 11 last when an agreement on bilateral
Suspension of Operations (SoO) for six months was signed.

The dialogue, however, could not be resumed, as
scheduled in January and March, due to a plethora of
differences between the two parties.

PTI

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