High-level delegations from Assam and Mizoram held border talks here on Tuesday and expressed hope for an amicable settlement of the decades-old border dispute between the two northeastern neighboring states. The delegation signed a joint statement stating that both the states have agreed to promote and maintain peace and to prevent any untoward incident along the border.
The Deputy Commissioners of the border districts of both the states will meet at least once in two months.In July last year, six people lost their lives in a violent clash between the police forces of Assam and Mizoram, following which the two states had formed committees to resolve the border dispute.
Both sides also agreed on Tuesday that economic activities, including farming and horticulture, should be allowed to continue by people on both sides of the border, regardless of the administrative control of the states.
The Mizoram delegation was led by Home Minister Lalchmalliana while the Assam delegation was led by Border Security and Development Minister Atul Bora. Speaking to reporters after the talks, Bora said that the chief ministers of both the states are honest and are playing a positive role in resolving the complex border dispute. Lalchmalliana said that it will take time for a permanent solution to the border dispute.
Both the delegations agreed to hold the next round of talks in Assam’s capital Guwahati in October. Responding to a question, the Assam minister said that the formation of a joint inspection team to conduct ground verification of the border areas would be discussed in the next meeting. He said that Chief Minister level talks can be expected soon. Lalchmalliana said that Mizoram’s stand on the border issue will also be discussed in the next round of talks.