Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday held a meeting with his Meghalaya counterpart, Conrad Sangma in Guwahati to discuss border issues.
Both the chief ministers sat for the fourth round of talks at the Assam Guest House in Koindhora, Khanapara and discussed the findings of inspections made by the regional committees to the six areas of differences.
State Minister Atul Bora while briefing the media after the meeting said that Assam will get good news before January 21. “Today’s discussion is regarding the six conflict areas. There will be a second phase discussion in which we will discuss the rest of the border area conflicts,” said Bora.
The meeting was also attended by Minister Atul Bora, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.
Sarma later interacting with the media said, "We have reached at some mutual understanding to resolve the dispute in the six areas. However, the people of these areas and the concerned groups also need to ratify them. We are going to sit with the Rabha students group, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which is a part of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) and other stakeholders on January 18. Meghalaya government will also do the same with their groups.”
The Chief Minister said that there is a possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by the end of this month.
It may be mentioned, the six “less complicated” areas of differences out of the total 12 such areas are Tarabari, Gizang, Hahim, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pilangkata and Ratacherra – falling under West Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, East Jaintia Hills districts in Meghalaya and Cachar, Kamrup Metro and Kamrup districts in Assam.