Mizoram govt and HPC-D peace talks fails to take place

Aizawl, Jan 15 (PTI) The ongoing peace talks betweenMizoram government and the underground Manipur''s Hmar People''sConvention � Democrats (HPC-D) did not take place as thedelegation of the militant group failed to come to Aizawlyesterday for resumption of talks.

While the officials were tight-lipped about the abortednegotiations, HPC-D leaders said the recent communication fromthe state home department made the militants unhappy.

"We received a letter from Mizoram home department inDecember, which said that only those who belonged to Mizoramshould come to Aizawl to take part in the talks," one HPC-Dleader said.

Saying that they are all Mizos living in separatestates and countries only by the international and inter-stateboundaries created by British colonial rulers, the militantsexpressed anger over the decision of Mizoram government.

Earlier on November 11, the state government and theHPC-D held the first round of talks when they agreed onbilateral suspension of operations (SoO) for six months andresume the talks during mid-January.

The HPC-D delegation, however, failed to turn up inSilchar, Assam and the officials sent to receive them onJanuary 13 came back empty handed.

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