Shunning the controversies of 'ethnic clash' encircling the Assam-Mizoram border row, the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) urged the people of the region to remain united and not fall for any misconceptions. The NESO, which is also the umbrella body for all the other students' organization of the region made it clear that the recent clash between the security forces of Assam and Mizoram as only a 'border conflict' and not an 'ethnic conflict'.
NESO further stated that the incompetence of both the centre and state governments has aggravated the situation as they failed to resolve the age old border disputes so far.
NESO chairman, Samuel B. Jyrwa and advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya along with secretary general Sinam Prakash Sing in a press conference on Thursday said, "NESO would also like to call upon all the indigenous peoples that this issue is not an ethnic issue but of border dispute in which the respective state governments are duty bound to solve."
The press statement further clarified that, "It is understandable that border disputes vary and differs from area to area, however, NESO once again strongly urge upon all state governments to be committed to solve this long pending problem once and for all and if necessary, the central government should be a party in these dialogues and NESO on its part will continue to encourage peoples to peoples contact and peoples to peoples relationship along the border areas."
It may be mentioned that, the NESO leaders demanded a solution to resolve the problem urgently. They said if the borders be properly demarcated with a unanimous resolution, then peace will definitely prevail between different states of the North East and the people living along the borders can continue to progress without fear and harmony has everlast amongst themselves.
violent clashes on the Assam-Mizoram borders which recently led to the killing of six Assam police personnel, besides injuring around 100 civilians and security personnel from the two neighbouring states. The injured Assam police personnel, traders doing business in both Assam and Mizoram, construction workers working in the two states and other people have been deeply saddened by the recent turn of events, stating that the people of the two states shared close ties for decades, which were damaged by Monday's violent border clashes.