Assam-Mizoram border settlement: Ministerial meeting agrees to maintain peace, harmony | MorungExpress | Popgen Tech
Guwahati, November 17 (IANS) A ministerial-level meeting on the Assam-Mizoram border dispute was held here on Thursday with both sides agreeing to maintain peace and harmony among communities living on both sides of the border with a view to further strengthen age-old ties they
After the ministerial-level meeting in Khanapara here, a joint statement was issued saying that both sides agreed to abide by the resolutions adopted at the ministerial-level meeting held in Aizawl on August 5 last year.
In Thursday’s meeting, it was decided that Mizoram would provide the list of villages, areas, geo-spatial limits, ethnicity of the people and other important information, within three months, to support the claims that can be examined by setting up regional committees they from both sides to an amicable resolution of the vexed issue.
The Assam government will extend full cooperation wherever they are sought, the statement said.
The Mizoram delegation, led by the state’s Home Minister Lalchamliana, told the meeting that there was great agitation among arecanut farmers in the state in view of the problems they are facing in the transportation of their products to Assam and other parts of the country. .
“It was decided that the issue (transportation of arecanut through Assam) should be referred to the Chief Minister of Assam and Mizoram to evolve an amicable solution. Both sides also agreed to continue a policy of sustained zero tolerance against the transportation of smuggled arecanut from other countries,” the statement said.
The Assam delegation was led by Border Protection and Development Minister Atul Bora.
To defuse the tension, the Assam police last month, at the request of the Mizoram government, dismantled two huts within 24 hours of their construction on one of the disputed areas.
The 164.6 km inter-state border includes the Assam districts of Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj adjacent to the Mizoram districts of Kolasib, Mamit and Aizawl in Mizoram.
Assam Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, and his Mizoram counterpart, Zoramthanga, held a second meeting at the Chief Ministerial level in Delhi on September 21, and decided to resolve the situation similar to the Assam dispute with Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
The worst ever violence on the Assam-Mizoram border took place on July 26 last year when Assam and Mizoram Police exchanged fire in the disputed area near Vairengte village on National Highway 306, leaving six Assam Police personnel dead and many hurt