Aizawl: Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana on Sunday expressed the hope that the fourth round of Minister-level talks between Mizoram and Assam governments to find amicable solution to the long-standing interstate border dispute between the two states will soon be held.
Lalchamliana said that Assam government has been tasked to initiate the resumption of the talks during the third round of negotiations held in Guwahati on November 17 last year.
“A senior official of the Assam home department recently spoke to the Mizoram home department officials that the Assam government would soon initiate the resumption of Minister-level parleys and they have been waiting for the state Border Protection and Development Minister Atul Bora’s green signal,” he said.
Lalchamliana said that Mizoram government had already submitted its claims in the disputed area to the Assam government while no response have been received till date.
He said that Mizoram claimed 62 villages within the disputed areas as within its territory in accordance with the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, which was confirmed by the notification issued by the Governor-in-Council in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.
The claims and counter-claims (if any from Assam side) will be deliberated in the next round of talks, he said.
Border dispute between the two neighbouring states have been simmering for half a century with sporadic violent activities in the disputed border areas occuring for a number of times.
Negotiations to solve the border imbroglio were held but fizzled out most of the time, apparently due to lack of sincere efforts for lasting solution.
The talks began in earnest after Police personnel of both the states engaged in armed conflict in the outskirts of Mizoram-Cachar (Assam) border Vairengte town on July 26, 2021 when 5 Assam Police personnel died.
Since then official-level talks between deputy commissioners, home secretaries and chief secretaries of both the states have been held a number of times.
The Minister-level talks was initiated by the Assam Minister for Border Protection and Development Atul Borah when the delegation came to Aizawl in 2021 after the bloodbath in Vairengte, which was followed by another round of talks in 2022 in Aizawl.
The third round of negotiations in Guwahati made several proposals which have been pursuit by both the sides.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma also had two rounds of talks on the border row in Delhi.