Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma are set to resume border talks in May to resolve the border disputes in the remaining six out of 12 areas. The first phase of talks held in August 2022 resolved differences in six areas, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two states. In the second phase, the Meghalaya government has stated that it will prioritize local views while resolving the border disputes.
Details of the Talks
Speaking to the media, CM Conrad Sangma informed that he and his Assam counterpart are finalizing the dates for the talks, and the first talk should take place within the month of May. He emphasized that the talks are a process and that it cannot be resolved in one day. The two Chief Ministers are in direct talking terms and have given two to three options to each other. Once the exact dates are fixed, the public will be informed.
Remaining Disputed Areas
The remaining six disputed areas include Langpih in West Khasi Hills District, Borduar, Nongwah-Mawtamur, Deshdoomreah, Block-II in Ri Bhoi District, Block- I, and Psiar-Khanduli in West Jaintia Hills District. On March 24, the Meghalaya government reconstituted three Regional Committees to examine the present status of the six areas of differences and submit their reports within 45 days.
The Assam-Meghalaya border dispute has been a longstanding issue, with tensions often leading to violent clashes between the two states. The resumption of talks is a positive step towards resolving the disputes and promoting peace in the region. The prioritization of local views in the second phase of talks is a welcome development, ensuring that the voices of those directly affected are heard.
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