AIZAWL: In a bid to foster regional harmony, Mizoram Chief Minister-elect and chief of Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), Lalduhoma has vowed to address the longstanding border issue with Assam through peaceful negotiations.
Emphasising a commitment to preventing a recurrence of the violent clashes that marred the border in 2021, Lalduhoma expressed hope for a constructive resolution during ZPM’s governance.
“I will have a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and then we will start the negotiation process. I hope there will not be a recurrence of the violent episode that happened in 2021,” he told an online news portal after his party’s thumping victory in the state assembly polls, on December 4.
The reference dates back to July 26, 2021, when tensions between Assam and Mizoram escalated, resulting in clashes at a contentious border point.
The confrontation led to casualties on both sides, with seven fatalities and 60 injuries.
Lalduhoma expressed a strong desire to avoid a repetition of such violence, underscoring the need for peaceful dialogue.
Beyond the border dispute, the Chief Minister-elect addressed the influx of Myanmar refugees into Mizoram, labelling it as a “humanitarian issue”.
Lalduhoma stressed the importance of collaboration with the Centre to provide support and care for the displaced individuals.
He also acknowledged the fluctuating population dynamics, recognising the need for a responsive approach based on the evolving situation.
Regarding refugees from strife-torn Manipur, Lalduhoma acknowledged an existing plan implemented by the outgoing ministry.
He assured a thorough review of the plan under the ZPM’s leadership, with a commitment to make any necessary amendments to enhance the support provided.
“This is also a humanitarian issue and we cannot just push the internally displaced people (IDP) of Manipur out of Mizoram,” he was quoted as saying.
As Mizoram looks towards a new era of governance under ZPM, the commitment to diplomatic dialogue and humanitarian values stands as a cornerstone of the Chief Minister-elect’s vision.