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M’laya, Assam boundary talks inconclusive
Correspondent, BYRNIHAT, NOV 20:
Published on 21 Nov. 2008 12:37 AM IST
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Talks on the boundary dispute between Assam and Meghalaya Thursday ended inconclusive with both sides agreeing to maintain status quo. “We want that status quo, especially in context with Langpih should be maintained and the issue should be solved within the ambit of the Indian constitutions,” Assam and Meghalaya Chief Secretary PC Sharma and Ranjan Chatterjee told a joint press conference after the second chief secretary-level meeting on the boundary disputes at Conservation Training Institute here. Lanngpih is a disputed territory bordering Meghalaya boundary with Assam’s Kamrup district. Assam Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had recently laid the foundation stone of a health centre and a police outpost in the disputed territory, thus earning the ire of the Meghalaya government. “If any developmental works are taken up at Langpih we would be first informed,” Chatterjee said, adding the idea was endorsed by the Assam government. In 1985, the Assam and Meghalaya governments entrusted Justice YV Chandrachud to head the Committee of experts for opinion on the constitutional aspects of the boundary demarcation between the two neighboring states. Assam claimed Langpih based on the recommendations of Justice YV Chandrachud committee report. However, Meghalaya has rejected the committee’s report. Asked about Meghalaya’s proposal to set up a Police Outpost in Langpih, the Assam Chief Secretary said such a proposal was not acceptable to the Assam government. “We will not allow the Meghalaya government to set up the police outpost as both sides have agreed to maintain status quo on the area,” Sharma said. Meghalaya has 12 areas of differences with Assam.

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