Guwahati: In a bid to resolve the long pending border dispute between Assam and Mizoram, a five-member delegation headed by state’s border protection and development minister Atul Bora will head for a two-day visit to the neighbouring state from August 9.
The Mizoram government has been already informed that the Assam delegation would arrive in Aizawl the next Tuesday to have two-day talks over the boundary issues.
A few days back, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that as per the Centre’s instruction, the state government has been taking steps to resolve the pending border dispute amongst the northeastern states ahead of the Independence Day.
Sarma had said that with dialogues between Assam-Meghalaya and Assam-Arunachal Pradesh turing fruitful, the state would now want to resolve the disputes with Mizoram and Nagaland too. However, border disputes between Assam and Nagaland would be only resolved under the instructions of Supreme Court.
In the delegation from the state, state’s cabinet minister Ashok Sighal and three other top officials would also be present along with Bora. Assam delegation was believed to be discussing with representatives of the Mizoram government including its home minister Lalchamliana on the inter-state border issues.
Assam shares a border of around 164 km long with Mizoram and disputes between the two states have escalated in recent years. Last year, at least six policemen and a civilian from Assam died and around 60 people were injured in a violent clash that took place at a disputed area near the border between the two states.
Later, Centre had to intervene and both the states decided to maintain status quo.