Assam and Mizoram on Thursday agreed to remove tensions prevailing around the interstate borders and find a lasting solution to the dispute through discussions in their first meeting after the July 26 flare-up in which six Assam Police personnel were killed.
The meeting held at the Aijal Club in Mizoram capital Aizawl was attended by home minister Lalchamliana, revenue minister Lalruatkima, home secretary Vanlalngaihsaka, Assam border protection & development minister Atul Bora, urban development minister Ashok Singhal and commissioner & secretary, Border Protection & Development G.D.Tripathi.
Assam and Mizoram have signed a joint statement after the talks in Aizawl.
I talked to Hon'ble Mizoram CM Shri @ZoramthangaCM over phone and expressed my regards. The Hon'ble Mizoram CM also conveyed his regards to Hon'ble CM Dr. @himantabiswa during the telephonic talk. pic.twitter.com/ilDHtPFZCS— Atul Bora (@ATULBORA2) August 5, 2021
A joint statement issued after the meeting said Mizoram conveyed its condolences for the loss of lives and wished speedy recovery of those injured.
Both the states also agreed to maintain peace in the border areas and welcomed deployment of neutral force by the Centre. The states will also not send their respective forest and police forces to any of the areas where there have been confrontations in recent times.
Mizoram does not accept the existing border demarcation and insists on going by a notification of 1875. On the other hand, Assam wants to stick to the constitutional border.
Assam has boundary disputes with Nagaland and Meghalaya too, which along with Mizoram were carved out of the state. Besides, there are disputed areas along the Assam- Arunachal Pradesh border as well. Several hundred people have died in border clashes among the states with the latest occurring on July 26.