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Lapang turn down Gogoi’s invitation for border talks
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 30:
Published on 1 Jul. 2009 12:12 AM IST
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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday invited his Meghalaya counterpart DD Lapang to Dispur to discuss on the vexed border dispute between the two states, following a minor violence in disputed Langpih area. “Today, Gogoi rang me up and invited me to come to Dispur tomorrow to discuss on the inter-state border disputes,” Lapang told reporters after chairing an emergent Cabinet meeting which reviewed the Sunday’s violence in the disputed Langpih area. Many people were reported to have been injured in the violence, while seven people were arrested by Assam police. Lapang, however, said that the government has decided not to rush to Dispur on Wednesday as the officials are preparing to get all the documents relating to the border. “I have told him (Gogoi) that we will not be able to make it tomorrow, but requested him to ensure peace and tranquility is maintained in the border,” Lapang said. On Monday, the Meghalaya government had requested the Assam government for a political solution in the long-pending border disputes between the two neighbouring states. “The solution to this problem can be arrived at only through a political dialogue between the two states, which we desired to have so," State Deputy Chief Mukul M Sangma said. Late last year, the Chief Secretary level meeting of both the states had agreed in principle to maintain status-quo and that the border dispute should be solved within the ambit of the Indian constitutions 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. Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.

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