Meghalaya and Assam will hold the second ministerial-level meeting on the border dispute between states in Guwahati today.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who will be accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister PrestoneTynsong and some members of his ministers, along with top officials, was set to meet with the Assam delegation led by Chief Minister Himnata Biswa Sarma at 12:00 noon.
Today’s meeting between the two states is significant following the recent border clashes in Iongkhuli village after Assam police uprooted electric poles set up by Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited. Assam claimed that the area is under its territory.
The first round of Chief Ministerial-level talks between the two took place in Shillong on July 23, in which both states agreed to resolve the long-running border dispute “beyond the status quo to a solution”.
Immediately after the first round of the Chief Ministerial Meeting, the Meghalaya government formed a state-level committee on the dispute headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.
Meghalaya and Assam have border disputes in 12 areas.
The meeting comes a day after Assam and Mizoram held their first round of talks in Aizawl to ease tensions following the July 26 border clashes in which six Assam police officers were killed. About 45 people, including 10 from Mizoram, were also injured in clashes that broke out last month in border areas of the two states over an old border dispute.
Last week, in another key development, both Nagaland and Assam agreed to withdraw troops from disputed border areas and resolve the issue through dialogue.
Center has already stated that resolving a long-running interstate border dispute in northeast India is at the top of its agenda and will also use satellite imagery to do so.