Aizawl, Oct 19: Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga who had just returned from Myanmar after witnessing a truce between the Myanmar government and ethnic insurgent groups based in that country said he have not experienced such high regard and importance from the government of India even during his 10 years tenure as the Chief Minister of Mizoram to be a witness of the ceasefire agreement.
Zoramthanga was among the Indian representatives who witnessed the cease fire agreement signed between the Myanmar government and Myanmar’s based ethnic insurgent groups at the country’s capital Naypyidaw on 15 October. The other Indian representatives who present at the time of signing the truce were National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and interlocutor for the peace negotiation between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) RN Ravi.
Giving a report of his visit to Myanmar as an invitee to witness the cease fire agreement, Zoramthanga said that he attained such importance position to be invited by the Government of India to witness the cease fire agreement was due the work of the almighty God who gave Mizoram a time tasted peace.
“The invitation from the Government of India to be among Indian panel to witness the nationwide cease fire agreement to end long standing problem between the Myanmar Government and Myanmar’s ethnic-based ultras was the manifestation of Indian government’s giving great importance to the people of Mizoram in general and the MNF president in particular,” Zoramthanga said in his public address at Mizo Hnam Run today.
Zoramthanga expressed heartfelt thanks to the Modi led NDA government for inviting to witness the truce.
He also highly indebted to former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his peace initiative between the GOI and several insurgent groups based in NE region.
The former rebel leader and a close aide of erstwhile underground MNF supremo Laldenga said that he was instrumental in creating mutual trusts between the rebel groups and Myanmar Government.
He said that he was involved in the peace deal between the two sides for three times and had travelled earlier to Yangon, Naypyidaw and Bangkok where he held talks with both Myanmarese rebel groups and the government as a go-between.
The Government of Myanmar had invited India to witness the nationwide ceasefire agreement. Accordingly the Prime Minister Office had sent three Indian representatives including Zoramthanga to witness the peace pact.
The peace pact was signed in the country’s capital Naypyidaw on 15 October between the Government of Myanmar and 8 ethnic insurgent groups based in the country. Apart from the representatives of Myanmar Government led by its president, the peace pact was witnessed by representatives from India, China Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and United Nations.