Guwahati/Aizawl/New Delhi 26/11 : The Chief Ministers for Assam & Mizoram met in New Delhi Friday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.They discussed ways and means to solve their border problems amicably.Guwahati’s top Assam government official said that Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Chief Minister, and Zoramthanga Zoramthanga, his Mizoram counterpart, had discussed the matter in Shah’s presence.They decided that both states would form committees to resolve the border disputes through negotiations.
According to the official, the meeting also resolved that the Chief Ministers would continue to hold talks from time-to-time to move forward the efforts towards a logical conclusion as well as a lasting solution to the long-pending border disputes along their 164.6 km borders.
Sarma thanked the Home Minister by tweeting: “Heartwarming to share that, HCM Mizoram Sri Zoramthanga and I met Hon HM Sri Amit Sharma this evening in New Delhi.We reaffirmed the resolve to keep peace and tranquility at our border.
Prior to Friday’s meeting, the Chief Ministers discussed bilateral issues during a dinner meeting at New Delhi’s Assam Bhavan.
Three districts in southern Assam — Cachar and Hailakandi, Karimganj, and three districts in northern Mizoram — Kolasib and Mamit — share the inter-state border.
Many incidents, including few bomb blasts, took place in the troubled bordering areas following the violent clash of July 26.The central forces have been guarding the bordering areas of both states since the violence of July 26, and the Assam-Mizoram security forces are stationed deep within their territory.Six Assam Police officers were killed and almost 100 civilians and security personnel from the two neighboring states were injured in the worst violence at the Assam-Mizoram Border on July 26.
Conflicting interpretations of the state’s territorial position are what causes the conflict between them.Mizoram claims that the boundary line is defined by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act (1875), while Assam supports the 1933 demarcation.
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