Mizoram govt to continue peace talks with Manipur-based terror outfit

The Mizoram government would continue to hold peace talks with the Manipur-based terror outfit – Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D). The second round of the bi-partite talks is scheduled on October 5, according to media reports.

IANS news agency quoted Mizoram home department additional secretary Lalbiakzama as saying, “We would continue to hold talks with the HPC-D. The second round of talks between the state officials and the representatives of the outfit would be held on October 5 in Aizawl”.

The first round of talks between the government and the HPC-D was held on August 10.

Lalbiakzama also said that they are hopeful of a positive outcome.

Quoting an unnamed official of the Mizoram home department, IANS reported that the HPC-D delegation did not include cadres of the extremist outfit but six human rights activists and civilians from Mizoram and Manipur.

The negotiations between the state government and the HPC-D reached a standoff in 2013 on the issue of extension of the period of suspension of operations.

A six-month ceasefire between the Mizoram government and the militant outfit expired on July 31, 2013.

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