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M’laya, Assam agree to maintain status quo
Correspondent BYRNIHAT (MEGHALAYA), NOV 11:
Published on 12 Nov. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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Meghalaya and Assam government on Wednesday decided to amicably resolve their vexed border disputes with both sides agreeing to maintain status quo. “Both sides agreed that status quo should be maintained and the issue should be iron amicably,” Meghalaya Revenue Minister, Prestone Tynsong said. Tynsong also Chairman of Special Committee on Meghalaya-Assam boundary dispute held a meeting with Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to work out modalities to settle the border disputes. “Today, the Special Committee held its first meeting and talks were successful with both sides agreeing to resolves the 12 areas of difference along the Meghalaya-Assam border,” Tynsong said. Meghalaya government, he said, would prepare a document consisting name of the villages and the community inhabiting in those 12 areas of differences. “This document will be submitted to the Assam government within 15 days for verification and the Special Committee will meet in Guwahati within 45 days from today,” Tynsong said. 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 neighbouring states. Assam claimed Langpih based on the recommendations of Justice YV Chandrachud committee report. However Meghalaya has rejected the committee’s report. 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 constitution.

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