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Mizo CM to head back to Bangkok

New Delhi, Oct. 17: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga will soon make a second trip to Bangkok to meet the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) leadership.

Cashing in on Zoramthanga’s rapport with the NSCN (I-M), the Centre has directed the chief minister to meet the outfit’s leadership to “carry forward” the ongoing negotiations.

The chief minister had, in the past, proved crucial in the talks between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M). He helped save the ceasefire negotiations from falling through a few months ago.

However, unlike on the earlier occasion when the chief minister’s brief was basically to get dialogue process going, Zoramthanga will undertake this trip to “cement” the understanding reached by the two sides in the Thai capital last month.

A joint statement by the NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and New Delhi’s representative K. Padmanabhaiah issued in Bangkok said: “The parties reaffirmed the political importance of the broad framework agreement as contained in the Amsterdam joint communiqué of July 11, 2002 and agreed on measures to ensure a smooth continuation of negotiations.”

Zoramthanga’s presence accords a political status to the long-drawn peace process, something which the NSCN(I-M) leadership had sought.

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