In an address to the people on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Mizoram Peace Accord, he said, “The Mizoram Accord, signed on June 30th, 1986 is one of the most successful peace accord ever signed by the Government of India. Since then, not a single person has ever ventured out again to carry out underground activities”.
He added, “In this peace accord, abiding by the terms and conditions, I brought out all the boys from the jungles, no arms or ammunition left behind – everything was handed over to the Indian government. We abide by the Accord cent percent. The Government of India is also praiseworthy in this matter, it has done very well in its part to fulfill the terms and conditions”.
“Prior to signing of the peace accord, various political party leaders, the people, the church, NGOs and student organizations were invited to contribute what was necessary for the accord. This peace accord was finally signed by the Government of India represented by Union Home Secretary, by the underground government represented by the President Laldenga and the then Mizoram Union Territory represented by the Chief Secretary. It was the happiest night we had seen. All the requirements we wanted to incorporate in the Constitution were added through Article 371(G),” the chief minister added.
The chief minister said that since then, the Mizoram accord has become an exemplary peace accord. Neighbouring states and countries also take it as a model of peace. It is legally binding and invaluable – the government of India even awarded us a Peace Bonus to the tune of more than 182 crores. Due to covid, we cannot celebrate it as normal.