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West Asia-Israeli Outraga

Laldenga and his advisers returned to Delhi from their brief visit to the Mizo National Front (MNF) headquarters in the Arakans with proposals for a settlement of the Mizo problem which, according to Laldanga, were "radical, but formulated with an eye to the Indian Constitution and not harmful to the country's integrity". Though neither the Centre nor the MNF has made public these proposals, there have been many reports to suggest that these include the demand for a commitment by the Centre to create a greater Mizoram which would include Mizo-claimed territories presently in Tripura, Manipur and Assam as well as in Bangladesh and Burma; a revision of the constitutional status of the Union territory; and the dismissal of the Sailo government. That the Centre has drafted G Parthasarathy, who took a prominent part in the negotiations that led to the return of Shaikh Abdullah as chief minister in Jammu and Kashmir, into the current negotiations with the MNF indicates the government's anxiety to arrive at a political settlement of the Mizo problem and perhaps even its readiness to make some political concessions. That the negotiations are yet continuing and that till now, as so often in the past, -conflicting and self-serving versions of the discussions have not been leaked out by interested factions in the Union Home Ministry suggest that after all the hard bargain ing some acceptable formula might perhaps emerge which, hopefully, may lead to peace in Mizoram.

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