Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border row: Ministerial-level talks today

Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border row, Ministerial level talks today

ITANAGAR: On Monday, a crucial meeting of ministers will take place regarding the border dispute between Assam Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.

This crucial Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border row talks – a ministerial level – will be held at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh.

The top ministers in both state governments will head delegations for Assam Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.

Minister Atul Bora, while the Assam delegation will be led from Arunachal Pradesh by Chowna Mein as deputy chief minister, will take charge of the Assam part.

The process of resolving border disputes between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is greatly impacted by this round of ministerial talks between Assam.

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Following the Namsai declaration signed by chief ministers from the two states, this ministerial level talks will take place between Assam Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu, on July 15, had signed an agreement – the Namsai declaration – in a bid to resolve the border dispute between the two states. 

Assam’s and Arunachal Pradesh’s state governments have agreed to reduce the number of villages that are contested from 126 down to 86.  

Notably both the Assam CM Himanta Sarma Sarma and the Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Pema Kandu deemed the Namsai declaration a historic milestone.

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 “The signing of the Namsai declaration with Arunachal Pradesh was a historical step,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma had said.

On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu had also termed the signing of the Namsai declaration as a “hugely significant and a landmark progress”.

“Namsai declaration is hugely significant and a landmark progress towards enduring brotherhood, peace and prosperity in the Northeast,” Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu had said.