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Meghalaya-Assam Border Row: where there is a will, there is a way, says CM Conrad


Shillong: The second phase of the Meghalaya-Assam border talk was held on Wednesday to discuss on the 6 remaining areas which are critical in nature, however Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said, “we believe that where there is a will, there is a way and we will find a way forward, with trust and friendship we have had it will continue to guide us to ensure that we resolve these 6 areas of differences which are critical to be resolved”.

The six areas includes – Langpih, Borduar, Nongwah-Mawtamur, Desh Doomreah, Block 1 & Block II, and Psiar-Khanduli.

In recent months, many chaos have arise in several pockets of these 6 areas of differences, on May 11, a scuffle erupted between the Khasi-Pnar and Karbi people residing along the interstate border between Meghalaya and Assam at Khanduli in West Jaintia Hills. On November 22, Four people were killed and 4 severely injured in firing at Mukroh Village in Laskein Block -1, Jaiñtia Hills District. In Langpih, right from the early 2000s till date, there were series of ethically clashes between the Khasi and Nepali community. These are the areas in which both governments- Assam and Meghalaya will have a tough time in solving the long pending border crisis.

However, the Chief Minister of the two States- Assam and Meghalaya are keen in solving the border issue with “mutual trust” and “friendship”.

On asked about the complications in the six areas, CM of Assam said there are certain areas in which the Assam Government does not have control but the direct control over the land is in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC).

“So these areas will be a little bit difficult but as Meghalaya Chief Minister has said where there is a will there will be a way…so we have decided to go ahead, to progress with the spirit of friendship and we believe a solution will come up”, added CM Biswa.

“These six areas are a little complicated in nature, so putting a time frame is probably not a fair idea but what we have agreed today that we will again meet in the month of July to review the progress of work done by the regional committees”, said Assam CM Himata Biswa Sarma on asked if the two CMs have set a time frame in solving the border problem between the two states.

The Regional Committees from both states will start meeting, discussing and fact findings in these areas where differences still exists, and most probably in the month of July, these committees will submit their reports.


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