Guwahati: Assam and Meghalaya have reached at an overall mutual understanding in solving the border dispute in at least six areas within this month.
On Wednesday, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma sat for the fourth round of talks at the State Guest House in Koinadhora, Khanapara and discussed the findings of inspections made by the regional committees to the six areas of differences threadbare.
Sarma said, “We have reached at some mutual understanding to resolve the dispute in the six areas. However, the people of these areas and the concerned groups also need to ratify them. We are going to sit with Rabha students group, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which is a part of North East Students’ Orgnisation (NESO) and other stakeholders on January 18. Meghalaya government will also do the same with their groups.”
The state chief minister said that possibly a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed by the end of this month.
Wednesday’s meeting was held to finalise talks on six “relatively less complicated” areas of differences shortly before meeting Union home minister Amit Shah and making a “final agreement” ahead of Meghalaya’s 50th statehood day on January 21.
Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong who was also present in the meeting told media, “More or less, we have almost reached at the agreement in those areas. The respective governments are to submit the detailed reports shortly.”
He added that the detailed final reports would be submitted by the respective regional committees within three days. The final decision however will be taken by the Union home ministry.
The six “less complicated” areas of differences out of the total 12 such areas are Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pilangkata and Ratacherra – falling under West Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, East Jaintia Hills districts in Meghalaya and Cachar, Kamrup Metro and Kamrup districts in Assam.