Border trade between Mizoram and Myanmar restored

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Aizawl, Dec 17 (UNI) A three-month interim agreement was signed between the Zokhawthar Welfare Committee (ZWC) and Champhai Transport Union (CTU) to restore the Mizoram-Myanmar border trade.

Official sources said here today that the month-long standoff between the two parties was resolved on December 15.

A dispute had arisen after residents of Zakhawthar (Myanmar's side of the border) protested against the monopoly of goods transportation from Zokhawthar to Champhai (Mizoram's border town) by the CTU, following which, the ZWC had prevented Myanmar's goods from entering Mizoram.

The Champhai District Commissioner and Champhai Young Mizo Association intervened as arbitrators and after conducting six rounds of talks, the warring parties agreed upon a three-month interim agreement to resume the border trade.

According to the agreement, Zokhawthar residents will transport goods not heavier than a certain prescribed load from Tiau (the boundary river) on seniority basis.

The agreement also stated that the CTU will continue its monthly donation of Rs 10,000 for construction of a school at Zokhawthar village.


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