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Initiative for peace talks in Mizoram

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The self-exiled rebel Mizo leader, Mr. Leldenga’s response to suggestions about resumption of talks for resolving the Mizo problem within the framework of the Indian Constitution has been hailed in the Union Territory. The newly elected Congress(I) Ministry headed by Mr. Lal Thanhawla has started on a clean slate by stressing the imperative need for restoration of peace through co-operation of all sections including the outlawed M.N.F.

The success of Lal Thanhawla-led Congress(I) to enlist support from Mr

Laldenga (through video taped speeches) as well as from the leading figures

of the Church has undoubtedly cleared the decks for facilitating resumptions of talks even though some problems remained to be overcome. These problems originate from the presence and activities of the armed insurgents belonging to the outlawed M.N.F.

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It may be recalled that the Chief Minister, Mr. Lal Thanhawla held a meeting with the Church leaders soon after assuming office. He thanked the dozen church leaders present for their prayers and their concern for peace which was a priority of his Government. He sought their cooperation in restoring peace in Mizoram as also for bringing about moral awakening in Mizoram. ‘‘This,’’ he said ‘‘is an important issue besides economic development’’. He added that he would welcome suggestions and advice from them.

The Church leaders assured the Chief Minister that they would continue to do their best in their efforts to bring about peace. They emphasised the importance of all parties and denomination putting their efforts together towards bringing about atmosphere conductive to peace. They also expressed their confidence that under the guidance of the Chief Minister and his colleagues, peace would surely return to Mizoram.

The Mizoram Church leaders Council has agreed to a proposal to renew contacts with Laldenga, President of the MIZO National Front in a bid to resume the peace talk with the Centre. Mr Lal Thanhawla told EPS that the earlier efforts of the church leaders in this regard were frustrated as the previous government under Brig. Sailo had failed to create a congenial atmosphere for it. (EPS)

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