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Border dispute: Assam proposes 4th round of talks with Mizoram

Aizawl: Assam government has intimated its proposal to hold the fourth round of minister level talks on the interstate border dispute issue in Aizawl soon, a senior official of Mizoram home department said on Monday.

Mizoram government is yet to give formal response to the neighbouring state government’s overture and is expected reply soon.

The Assam government suggested that modalities for solving the long-standing border row should be worked out and a regional committee representing both the states constituted during the proposed negotiations, the official said.

“We feel that it will be better to have detail discussions at the official level before another round of negotiations at the minister level as we have already submitted details of our claims to the Assam government,” the official, who does not want to be named, said.

What is needed is to take up the nitty-gritty of the problem at the official level before formal talks between the ministers of the 2 states are held, he opined.

He added that the state home department will soon give response to the Assam’s proposal after consultation at a higher level.

The prolonged interstate border disputes have for many times triggered violent activities along the 164-km border areas between the two neighbouring states. However, no serious efforts have been made to solve the issue earlier.

Simmering border dispute resulted in a plethora of violent activities along the Mizoram-Assam border for decades which ultimately culminated into violence clash between the Police personnel of the two states on July 27, 2021 leaving 5 Assam Police personnel killed.

Negotiations to settle the border dispute have been taken up in earnest by both the state governments since then at the official level, minister level and even between the chief ministers of the two states.

While Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and his Assam counterpart had held two rounds of talks in Delhi, three rounds of negotiations have been held between Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana and Assam Border Protection and Development Minister Atul Bora. 

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