GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma met in Guwahati today to discuss the boundary disputes between the two states.
Both the Chief Minister opined that the boundary problems were heading in a positive direction.
Sangma had his Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong with him. Sarma had the chairmen of the three regional committees – ministers Chandra Mohan Patowary, Atul Bora and Pijush Hazarika – with him.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Atul Bora said, "The regional committees of both the states spelt out what they had found during their joint visits to the disputed areas. The regional committees will submit their reports to their respective chief ministers shortly. After that, the two Chief Ministers will discuss the reports of the regional committee in January next.
"The two chief ministers lauded each other for their gestures to solve the long-standing boundary disputes between the two states."
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, "I'm sure we will be successful in solving the border problems with Meghalaya and other neighbouring states."
In the first phase, the two parties took six of the 12 disputed stretches along the Assam-Meghalaya border. They will discuss the disputes in the other six stretches in the second phase.