DIBRUGARH: A ministerial-level talk between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday agreed to resolve the decade-long inter state border row amicably.
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Assam cabinet minister Atul Bora attended the meeting of regional committees in Dibrugarh. These committees were set up to study the issue sector-wise by both the states in Tinsukia, Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts.
The crucial meeting took place at the Arunachal Bhawan at Mohanbari in Dibrugarh where both the ministers discussed the final report of the regional committees. The findings would be submitted to the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Ministers before October 15.
Later Bora said that the majority of the border issues concerning these districts have been sorted out and that the report would be submitted to the chief ministers within October 15.
According to Bora, both the states are keen to amicably resolve the border issues because of the priority of both Chief Ministers.
Arunachal Pradesh health minister Alo Libang, Arunachal Pradesh MLAs Gum Tayeng (Dambuk), Karikho Kri (Tezu), Zingnu Namchoom (Namsai), Jummum Ete Deori (Lekang) , Mutchu Mithi (Roing) and Assam MLA Bolin Chetia (Sadiya), DCs and SPs of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Namsai, Lohit and Roing also attended the meeting.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh and signed an agreement on July 15 known as the "Namsai Declaration" to end border issues. The meeting resolved to 'restrict' the number of disputed villages to 86 from 123.
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam share 804-km inter-state border covering 8 districts in the hills state and 12 districts in Assam. The dispute started since
Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood in 1987.
Both states set up 12 regional committees to study the dispute.
These committees have been asked to jointly verify the villages along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border before suggesting anything.