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Assam-Nagaland Chief Secretaries meet, agree to withdraw forces from the inter-state border; Assam CM Himanta calls it “a historic step”

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Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday informed through a tweet that the chief secretaries of Assam and Nagaland held a meeting and announced de-escalation of tension of the state’s border with Nagaland.

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He said that an understanding has been reached to immediately withdraw security forces from border locations to their respective base camps.

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Himanta tweets to express gratitude

In a series of tweets, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “In a breakthrough towards de-escalating tensions at Assam-Nagaland border, the two Chief Secretaries have arrived at an understanding to immediately withdraw states’ forces from border locations to their respective base camps.” “This is a historic step in our relations. My gratitude to CM Neiphiu Rio for working with Assam in restoring peace on the border. Assam is committed to ensuring peace along all its borders and strives for the social and economic prosperity of the NorthEast region,” he added.

He also attached the minutes of the meeting held between the chief secretaries of the two states on Saturday.
Special DGP Assam Police, GP Singh also tweeted “Withdrawal of police camps along Assam-Nagaland border by ⁦@assampolice and ⁦@DGP_Nagaland. A great day depicting brotherhood in North East.”

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Withdrawal of forces

Security forces of Nagaland and Assam were engaged in a stand-off in two locations in Dessoi Valley Reserved Forest and Tsurangkong Valley.

According to a joint statement released after the meeting held in Dimapur, the two sides have agreed to maintain peace in disputed areas, known as Ao Senden village and Vikuto Village in Nagaland and Jankhona Nala/Nagajankha and Compartment No. 12 in Assam.

The de-escalation on the Assam-Nagaland border comes at a time when Assam is engaged in a bitter border dispute with Mizoram.

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