DIMAPUR, JULY 2: As border tension threatens to flare up once again, the Chief Ministers of Nagaland and Assam ~ Neiphiu Rio and Himanta Biswa Sarma ~ met on Friday at New Delhi and discussed, among other issues, “border management and development”.
After their meeting the Assam Chief Minister tweeted: “We discussed issues of mutual interest and how the two Governments can work together and collaborate on strategic matters including border management & development”.
On July 1, two Nagaland-based organisations had pointed fingers at the State Government’s inaction despite repeated confrontations at the border.
The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) had asked the State Government to initiate Chief Ministerial-level talks with Assam and review all the Interim Agreements immediately.
Also, it urged Nagaland Government, as a ‘Defendant’, to immediately adopt necessary steps against the Government of Assam in the court of Law.
On the same day, another organisation, the Tzürangkong Naga Youth Front (TNYF), had rued that its appeals to the Nagaland Government to establish border outposts and appointment of Village Guard in all volatile areas within the Disturbed Area Belt have fallen on deaf ears.
“In the border incident of November 2020 at Aosenden village, the TNYF had appealed to the district administration not to allow the Assam police to establish border outpost within the Aosenden village jurisdiction but the Nagaland Government failed from doing so. And the recent incidents at Vikuto village on May 27, and June 29, 2021 are the result of the Nagaland Government’s inaction”, it had stated.
(Page News Service)