AIZAWL, Oct 23 - Mizo National Front (MNF) president and former Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has just returned from Myanmar after witnessing a truce between the Myanmar Government and ethnic insurgent groups based in that country.
Zoramthanga was among the Indian representatives who witnessed the signing of ceasefire agreement in the country�s capital Naypyidaw on October 15 last. The other Indian representatives present at the signing of truce were National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and interlocutor for the peace negotiation between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) RN Ravi.
Zoramthanga expressed heartfelt thanks to the Modi- led NDA Government for inviting him to witness the truce. He was also highly indebted to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his peace initiative between the GOI and insurgent groups based in NE region.
The former rebel leader and a close aide of erstwhile underground MNF supremo Laldenga said that the latter was instrumental in creating mutual trust between the rebel groups and Myanmar Government.
He said that he himself was involved in the peace deal between the two sides for three times and had travelled earlier to Yangon, Naypyidaw and Bangkok where he held talks with both Myanmarese rebel groups and the government as a go-between.
The Government of Myanmar had invited India to witness the ceasefire agreement. Accordingly, the Prime Minister�s Office had sent three Indian representatives including Zoramthanga to witness the peace pact.
The peace pact was signed on October 15 between the Government of Myanmar and eight ethnic insurgent groups based in the country. The signing was also witnessed by representatives from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and United Nations.