Conrad: State govt committed to finding solution to border dispute with Assam

Shillong, Jan 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today assured citizens of the state that the government is committed to finding a solution to the long pending border issues with Assam.

He stated that the government will resume talks after Assam’s assembly elections, likely to be held in April or May of this year.

“The boundary issue has been there for a very long time. In fact since the beginning of the state, many discussions have taken place at different levels. Last year I was supposed to meet the Assam Chief Minister in the month of March-April, and we had finalised to meet but then Covid happened, so we couldn’t, and now that Assam elections are around the corner so we will not be able to meet, discussions will take place only after elections are over,” he said.

The Chief Minister added that the government is aware of these issues and said, “Government is committed to ensure that we are able to take the discussions forward and hopefully we will find solutions in the years to come.”

There has been a long-standing demand to resolve the border dispute between the two states.

Various regional parties and pressure groups are demanding the need for resolving the Meghalaya and Assam row between the neighbouring states, which has been a major bone of contention for nearly five decades.

There are 12 areas of difference on the Meghalaya-Assam border.

The 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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