AIZAWL: Zoramthanga, chief minister of Mizoram has requested the Centre to recommence its peace mission in Myanmar, which is undergoing a political crisis.
An official said that some quarters have requested India to process peace talks on account of the political crisis in Myanmar.
A 1600 km stretch of international boundary is shared by Myanmar and the Indian states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
Reportedly, the Mizoram CM stated that they had received requests from some quarters in Myanmar for India to negotiate peace in the coup-hit country. He further added that this was a golden opportunity for India to restart the peace mission in the neighbouring country which our country began in the past.
The chief minister also said that the Centre should broker dialogues with various ethnic underground groups in Myanmar and their military government in order to bring in peace again. Consequently, democracy would be restored in the country.
The Mizoram chief minister asserted that five years back he was a part of a peace mission along with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to Myanmar.
This peace process which was established with the Myanmar military government and ethnic groups later got aborted prior to Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy, stepping into power in 2015, the CM said.
Mizoram CM Zoramthanga visited Delhi from September 3 to September 24. He met various official leaders, the likes of which include President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. They discussed the prevailing political crisis in Myanmar along with the influx of refugees from the country.
The CM also stated that during the Delhi visit, their main subject was Myanmar's political issues. He added that all the Central leaders, including the President, had expressed concerns about
He said, "I told the central leaders that India should take a fatherly step and resume the trade we have already started in the past in order to restore peace in Myanmar."
The ex-rebel leader who crossed over into a politician stated that the ethnic underground groups operating in Myanmar are on the side of the federation within the union of Myanmar. Moreover, their central aim is not independence.
The minister also informed that during his mission for peace in the neighbouring country, the military government expressed the desire to grant federations to the ethnic groups.
Additionally, the following Aung San Suu Kyi government too did not oppose the same.
The minister also stated his opinion that If India plays its role at the right time, peace can be restored, which has failed to be established due to communication gaps between stakeholders.
Mizoram CM Zoramthanga further informed that he had requested the leaders of the nation to beef up security and intelligence units along the Mizoram border with Bangladesh and Myanmar. In doing so they will be able to check the potential influx of Rohingya Muslims from both the neighbouring nations.