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Mizoram govt signs truce pact with Hmar rebels

By Newmai News

AIZAWL, Nov 13 � Peace talks between the Mizoram government and the Hmar Peoples Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) were held at Mizoram State Guest House here on Thursday.

At the talks, a ceasefire agreement was signed by both the parties and ground rules were also prepared by the Mizoram government and the HPC-D agreed to abide by them. The ceasefire will remain in force till the next round of talks to be held in the near future.

As per the ground rules, both sides agreed not to undertake any offensive action against each other, said a government official on Friday.

The government side was headed by Lalmalsawma, Home Commissioner who was assisted by C. Thanchhuma, Aizawl Deputy Commissioner, PC Lalchhuanawma, Assistant Director General of Police, C. Laldina, SP CID and Lalhriatpuia, Under Secretary Home. Five representatives from the HPC(D) who participated in the talks were the army chief Lalropui Hmar, political affairs secretary Lalbeise Hmar, information and pulic relations secretary David Hmar, defence secretary Robert Hmar and public relation officer Lalthanglien.

Sources said the talks were still in the initial stage and the discussion covered only the modalities for resumption of peace talks.

Home department officials said after the talks that the HPC(D)�s demands and conditions would be submitted to Chief Minister Lalthanhawla and Home Minister R Lalzirliana for arriving at a decision on their surrender.

The HPC(D)�s main demand is a separate Hmar area, comprising the Hmar-inhabited areas of Mizoram, Manipur and Assam�s Cachar and Dima Hasao districts, to be administered through their proposed autonomous district council. Mizoram, a hub of the Hmars, is a stronghold of the rebel group.

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Mizoram govt signs truce pact with Hmar rebels

AIZAWL, Nov 13 � Peace talks between the Mizoram government and the Hmar Peoples Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) were held at Mizoram State Guest House here on Thursday.

At the talks, a ceasefire agreement was signed by both the parties and ground rules were also prepared by the Mizoram government and the HPC-D agreed to abide by them. The ceasefire will remain in force till the next round of talks to be held in the near future.

As per the ground rules, both sides agreed not to undertake any offensive action against each other, said a government official on Friday.

The government side was headed by Lalmalsawma, Home Commissioner who was assisted by C. Thanchhuma, Aizawl Deputy Commissioner, PC Lalchhuanawma, Assistant Director General of Police, C. Laldina, SP CID and Lalhriatpuia, Under Secretary Home. Five representatives from the HPC(D) who participated in the talks were the army chief Lalropui Hmar, political affairs secretary Lalbeise Hmar, information and pulic relations secretary David Hmar, defence secretary Robert Hmar and public relation officer Lalthanglien.

Sources said the talks were still in the initial stage and the discussion covered only the modalities for resumption of peace talks.

Home department officials said after the talks that the HPC(D)�s demands and conditions would be submitted to Chief Minister Lalthanhawla and Home Minister R Lalzirliana for arriving at a decision on their surrender.

The HPC(D)�s main demand is a separate Hmar area, comprising the Hmar-inhabited areas of Mizoram, Manipur and Assam�s Cachar and Dima Hasao districts, to be administered through their proposed autonomous district council. Mizoram, a hub of the Hmars, is a stronghold of the rebel group.