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Mizoram accepts Assam’s offer for talks

A disputed land on the Assam-Mizoram border

Aizawl: Mizoram government has responded to the overtures of the Assam government proposing resumption of the talks to find amicable solution to the simmering interstate border dispute, held in November last year, a senior state home department official said on Friday.

State home commissioner H. Lalengmawia told Zoram Chronicle that home department communicated with the Assam home department on Wednesday in response to the proposals recently made by the latter.

“We informed the Assam home department officials our proposal to discuss the core issues in the official level talks,” Lalengmawia said.

He said that the state home department suggested that they should get down to the nitty-gritty of the problems and try to find solution before holding ministerial level negotiations.

Regarding formation of regional committee represented by officials of both the states, the state home department suggested that the Assam government should first enlighten Mizoram officials about the regional committees being constituted with other states like Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh which also have long-standing interstate border disputes with Assam.

“We are still at dark about the functions and usefulness or forming a regional committee,” the home commissioner said.

Mizoram government, early this year, had submitted its claim on 62 villages in the Mizoram-Assam border dispute areas, along with the demographic and geographic conditions as within Mizoram territory.

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 (two in Aizawl and the third one in Guwahati last year) have been held between Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana and Assam Border Protection and Development Minister Atul Bora.

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