The first round of political level talks between the Mizoram government and the insurgent outfit Hmar People's Convention (Democratic) successfully concluded today, state Additional Secretary for Home Lalbiakzama said here. Both the sides, after deliberations for two days, reached an agreement by accepting the framework agreement, Lalbiakzama said. He said the date for signing the Memorandum of Settlement was yet to be fixed as the modalities have to be worked out. Prior to this, official level talks had been held between the two sides since August 10, 2016. They finalised the draft memorandum of agreement meant to give more autonomy to the Sinlung Hills Development Council constituted following an accord between the state government and the erstwhile underground HPC in 1994. It was proposed that the name should be changed to Sinlung Hills Council and a bill for the proposal would be introduced in the state legislature if an amicable solution culminating into an accord is reached. The government delegation was headed by Political Adviser to Chief Minister, Lalrinmawia Ralte, while the 10-member HPC(D) delegation was led by the outfit's Working Chairman Lalthangliana Hmar. The HPC(D), an offsoot of the HPC, was formed by Lalhmingthanga Sinate in 1995, after HPC cadres laid down arms following the accord inked with the Mizoram government.
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