Assam – Meghalaya 2nd CM level talk on inter-state boundary dispute on Friday

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Stage is set for the second round of boundary talks between Assam and Meghalaya on Friday.

Meghalaya and Assam would be holding the second Chief Ministerial level talk on the inter-state boundary dispute on Friday in Guwahati.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma would be leaving for Guwahati tomorrow along with a delegation of council of Ministers and officials.

This meeting is the second being held after the first meeting held at Shillong in which the Assam Chief Minister Himata Biswa Sharma came here.

After the first meeting held on July 23rd, both the states have decided to go beyond the status quo by adopting a give and take policy for resolving the age old boundary dispute between the two states.

Both the Chief Ministers have also agreed to visit all the 12 areas of differences.

Immediately after the meeting with Assam, the state government formed a state level committee on the dispute headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong. Further under this state level committee, three district level committees for Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi were formed.

These committees surveyed the disputed areas in their respective districts and spoke to the people residing in those areas to get their views. These committees have submitted their report to the State level Committee.

However, the scenario has changed a bit after the first meeting considering the death of Assam policemen on the Assam-Mizoram border and also skirmishes at Iongkhuli village in Ri-Bhoi district along the Meghalaya-Assam border.

 

But the good news is that several state governments have understood that trying to resolve the issue rather than imposing a status quo on the decision making process would only aggravate the problem.

 

Additionally, the centre has shown a keen interest to resolve the issue stating that if India can resolve its boundary dispute with a foreign nation (Bangladesh) then resolving a similar dispute between neighbours would definitely bear positive results.

It may be recall:- 

On 23 July,  Assam chief Minister Himanta Biswasarma had said that Meghalaya had identified 12 places as disputed areas and claims based on historical facts and other relevant datas have been placed on the table to justify that these were parts of Meghalaya and Assam should give them back to the state of Meghalaya. He however said Assam too had also been justified by placing documents to prove that these 12 areas of difference belonged to Assam and that the claims made by the state of Meghalaya may not be justifiable.

 

According to him, the dispute cannot be resolved by raising claims and counter claims and that there is a need to adopt a pragmatic approach.

 

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma informed that both the states have decided that all 12 areas of differences will be discussed one by one.