The three-decade old vexed Hmar political imbroglio is seeing ray of hope for an amicable solution acceptable to all parties and stakeholders.
After a series of official level talks that began from August 2016, the first round of political level talks between the Mizoram Government and the Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D)was held on Wednesday under ‘mutual trust and cordial atmosphere, with both sides optimistic about positive outcome’.
The first day of the political level talks was adjourned with a resolution to resume on Thursday.
“There were no issues that have to be re-initiated as most of the important issues including the draft legislation for Sinlung Hills Council (SHC) and the memorandum of settlement (MoS) have been already approved in principle during the official level talks,” said Lalrinmawia Ralte, who headed the government delegation.
Lalrinmawia Ralte is a legislator in the present Assembly and is political adviser to the Chief Minister, Lal Thanhawla.
He further said all the issues are expected to be settled on Thursday.
The peace talk is being held at State Guest House in Aizawl.
This is the first time that a political level talk is taking place to sove the problem after a series of ‘official level talks’ held between August 2016 and September 2017.
Meanwhile, both the Mizoram Government as as well the faction of HDC have exuded confidence that the political level talk would yield positive results and political solution would be arrived at soon.
The Mizoram government delegation headed by Ralte also include members like the Mizoram Law Commission chairman and MLA John Siamkunga apart from Home department officials who had taken part in the official level talks.
On the other hand, an eleven-member HPC-D delegation led by the group’s working chairman Lalthanglien alias LT Hmar had earlier arrived in Aizawl on Tuesday evening. The HPC (D) team comprises of four Hmar leaders from Manipur and seven from Mizoram.
Notably, the two sides have had held five rounds of talks between August 2016 and September 2017.