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Assam-Nagaland border dispute will be resolved in SC, not outside: Himanta


DIMAPUR, JULY 16: Contrary to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s claim in January this year, his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that the Assam-Nagaland border dispute will be resolved in the Supreme Court, not outside.
According to a report by Guwahati-based news portal Time8, Himanta said, “Both the States have taken a resolution that we will resolve the issue in Supreme Court. Till then, both the State Governments will not do anything to harm the friendship between the two States. Whenever there is a report of encroachment, it is being resolved through DC level talks. So we are hopeful”.
The Assam Chief Minister’s statement comes a day after his Government signed the ‘Namsai Declaration’ with Arunachal Pradesh, an agreement to end border issues between the two States.
In January this year, Rio had said that Nagaland and Assam were ready for an out-of-court settlement of the boundary dispute.
“Nagaland and Assam had jointly taken up the matter with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on December 23, 2020. Both the State Governments are in favour of an out-of-court settlement, and maybe our teams will meet Shah in the first part of February to discuss and formulate how to go about it”, he had told reporters in Kohima then.
However, on Saturday, Sarma was reported as saying that it was not easy for both the Governments to settle the matter out of the court.
Assam Government had filed a case in the Supreme Court in 1988 for resolving the border dispute.
(Page News Service)