Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma held talks on Friday evening ahead of Union home minister Amit Shah’s visit to Shillong over 4 decades old Assam-Meghalaya border dispute.
Statements given the concerned states over the land area
According to a statement issued by Sarma’s office, during the discussion, Meghalaya claims 12 disputed places between both states as their while Assam justifies with documents that those places belong to them.
According to the statement, “After a detailed discussion, both the governments decided to adopt a pragmatic approach and move from status quo to solution. It was agreed to discuss all 12 places one by one and review claims.”
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History of the border dispute
The Assam-Meghalaya border dispute is over 4 decades old which concerns 12 points along the 733 km boundary between the two states. Moreover, there have been several rounds of talks regarding the issue which failed. The last round of talks on the border dispute was held in April 2017.
Current status on the situation
“It was a very fruitful discussion. We came to a common understanding, and we are firm and committed to resolving the border dispute. Given contradictory claims, there would be more discussion and review so that a lasting solution could be reached,” Sarma says after the meeting.
“The border disputes between both states is a long pending issue. It would take some more time as well as consultation for an amicable and accepted solution to both the states,” Sangma says.
Furthermore, both CMs will visit all 12 places. Further, Sarma invited Sangma for the second round of discussion in Guwahati on August 6.