Meghalaya-Assam may reach agreement on six areas of difference by January 21

Meghalaya, Assam to begin second phase of border talks on May 24

Shillong, Jan 12: The Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Assam met in Guwahati on Wednesday to discuss the boundary issue.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong briefing media persons after the meeting informed that the two States are on the verge of reaching an agreement in at least the first phase where the border committees have gone for inspection.

“Both the Chief Ministers had directed the concern governments to bring out all the detail report and thereafter one more meeting will be there between the two Chief Ministers and thereafter they will be also meeting the Union Home Minister and hopefully before January 21, they may come back and the final agreement may be made,” Tynsong informed.

On the developmental works in the disputed areas being stopped by Assam, Deputy Chief Minister informed that the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma took up the issue and Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma assured that he will instruct the concern district administrations that such things do not happen in the future.

Tynsong said that there is a standard instruction that in the disputed areas whether be Meghalaya or Assam both the sides will sit and discuss across the table so that developmental works are not hampered.

Tynsong said that the governments of Meghalaya and Assam are focussing on resolving the six areas dispute in the first phase.

He said that on the remaining six areas the Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Assam will decided on when those will be taken up.

The 12 areas of difference along the inter-state border are Upper Tarabari, Gazang reserve Forest, Hahim, Langpih, Borduar, Boklapara, Nongwah, Matamur, Khanapara-Pilangkata, Deshdemoreah Block I and Block II, Khanduli and Retacherra.

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