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Assam-Meghalaya border dispute a national issue: Sangma
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 3:
Published on 3 Jun. 2010 11:19 PM IST
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Stating that the boundary dispute between Meghalaya-Assam has become a national issue, Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma today urged all political parties to come together to resolve long-pending boundary dispute with Assam.
“Let us take up jointly and adopt a common approach on the issue. This is an issue where we must come together cutting across party lines and take consensus decision,” Sangma urged political parties leaders in the floor of the House.
The Chief Minister was replying to a resolution on the boundary disputes with Assam.
He said the boundary dispute with Assam is no longer an issue between the two neighbouring states, but has become a national issue and even took an international dimension when it figured in the Nepalese press and the Nepal embassy took up the issue with the Indian government.
Making a fervent plea to legislators of the 60-member House not to allow the issue to be inherited by the next generation, Sangma said that his government was determine to iron out the issue once and for all.
“It is not easy to solve the problem unless political parties have common approach on the issue and we should not allow the next generation to inherit this problem,” the Chief Minister stated.
Pointing out that the recent Langpih incident, where four people were killed in a police firing was an ‘eye-opener and to say enough is enough’, Sangma said, the government has not only condemned the Langpih incident, but immediately rushed in state police personnel to Langpih area.
He also criticised the Assam government for violating past agreements signed between the Chief Ministers of both the states by encroaching upon Meghalaya’s land and resorting to drastic action such killing of innocent people.
Four people were killed and several injured in the firing by Assam Police personnel at Langpih village May 14, after a clash between tribal Khasis and Garos with Nepali nationals at a weekly market.
Langpih, about 60 km from Guwahati in Assam and 140 km from Shillong, has been claimed by both Assam and Meghalaya as part of their territory.
Meghalaya has 12 areas of difference with Assam.
Sangma is scheduled to meet his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati Saturday to find ways to resolve the long-pending boundary disputes.

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