Aizawl | April 15 (Newmai News Network): The fourth round of peace talks between the Mizoram government and the Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) is scheduled to be held on April 28, Mizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters here at a press conference, the Home Minister clarified recent reports on some media outlet that the next round of peace talks will be held on April 21.

“The next round of parley has been scheduled to be held on April 28 to discuss measures taken by both sides to arrive at lasting peace,” he clarified.

The state government delegation would be led by Additional Secretary in the Home department, Lalbiakzama while the HPC (D) delegation is expected to be headed by working chairman of the HPC (D), L T Hmar and comprising of ‘overground’ Hmar leaders from both Manipur and Mizoram.

R Lalzirliana said that both the Mizoram Government and HPC (D) have had held peace talks on eight occasions to find amicable solution to the Hmar political imbroglio.

The first parley was held on November 11, 2010. During 2013, both sides had held peace talks on four occasions under cordial environment but the prolonged talks ended in a deadlock due to disagreement over extension of the period of Suspension of Operation (SoO).

After a hiatus of almost three years, the peace talks resumed in August, 2016 when the first round of peace talks was held on August 10.

The second round was held in October and the third round of peace talks was held on December under “cordial environment” and both sides were optimistic about the outcome of the peace talks. The talks revolved around giving more autonomy and power to the Sinlung Hill Development Council (SHDC) formed following the agreement signed in 1994 between the erstwhile underground HPC and the Mizoram government.

The Home Minister said that both sides respected the decisions made at the parleys and said that the government has strongly pursuing various departments to fulfill the assignments done in connection with the ongoing peace talks.

The HPC (D) was formed just after the surrender of the HPC in 1994. The former continued to demand for the creation of a separate autonomous district council in Hmar dominated North Mizoram adjoining Manipur.

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