Mizoram to hold 2nd round peace talks with HPC-D this month

The Mizoram government and the Manipur-based militant outfit Hmar People's Convention - Democrats (HPC-D) would hold the second round of talks here on July 18, about two weeks before the expiry of the bilateral Suspension of Operations (SoO).

An official communication was sent to the HPC(D) leadership today, though verbal information was already given to the leaders of the outfit, state joint secretary for home Lalbiakzama told PTI.

The state government and the HPC-D had signed the SoO pact after holding first round of talks in Aizawl on January 31. The pact is due to expire on July 31.

Official sources said the second round of talks would be directed at extension of SoO the pact for another six months.

A section of dissatisfied cadres of Hmar People's Convention (HPC) formed HPC-D in 1995.

The outfit's demand was formation of a Hmar state consisting of the Hmar tribal people inhabited areas of Mizoram, Manipur and Assam.

~ Business Standard
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