Assam, Arunachal Pradesh Agree To Resolve Decades-Old Border Dispute

Assam, Arunachal and Pradesh Agree to Resolve Old Border Disputes for Decades

On Friday, Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Assam chief minister and Pema Khandu his counterpart in Arunachal Pradesh signed an agreement to resolve the decades-old border dispute. They agreed to limit the number of villages contested to 86, instead of 123.

We have made a decision to limit the number of “disputed villages” to 86, instead of 123. After the Namsai meeting in Arunachal Pradesh, Mr Sarma posted that based on the present boundary we will try to solve the remainder by September 15, 2022. In a tweet, Mr Khandu announced the agreement.

The leaders of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam had previously met on January 24, then on April 20, when it was agreed that only those issues bordering Assam or Arunachal Pradesh would be addressed by the Local Commission.

The 12 State Regional Committees were formed by the respective States to verify the 123 villages in the 12 Arunachal districts as well as the Assam counterparts. After that, the recommendations are made to state governments. This is done keeping in mind historical perspectives, administrative convenience and the will of people to determine the boundary interstate between Assam (Arunachal Pradesh) and Assam.

Both Mr Sarma (the Friday meeting) and Mr Khandu (the Friday meeting) reached an agreement in principle regarding 37 villages that are disputed.

Arunachal Pradesh will keep the 28 villages that are within its Constitutional Boundary, but the state is now claiming three Assam villages.