DIMAPUR, JULY 29: The North East Indigenous Peoples Forum (NEIPF) has appealed to the Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram to take appropriate steps for restoration of peace in border areas. NEIPF is the joint body comprising its State chapters in all the 7 States of Northeast.
In a press release issued on Thursday, it expressed shock and grief at the heavy loss of lives in the ongoing border conflict.
The NEIPF stated that various agreements reached between the respective State Governments to maintain a status quo in the disputed areas have been repeatedly violated, resulting in tension and damage to people’s property living in the affected areas.
“The border conflict between the States of Northeast has been lingering on for a considerable time, where tension and conflict crop up repeatedly with no solution in sight, resulting not only in the immense hardship and suffering for the people living in these disputed border areas but even to the extent of losing precious human lives”, it stated.
The Forum appealed to all sections of people to maintain calm and stressed on resolving age-old issues through negotiations at village head level.
“Many of the areas of State borders, especially the disputed ones, are occupied by illegal immigrants, posing threat to the indigenous peoples of Northeast”, it maintained, adding that all stakeholders, including the indigenous people of the border areas, should rise up together and fight for peaceful existence.
(Page News Service)