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Mnp ministerial team visits Mnp-Nagaland border dispute site

Mnp ministerial team visits Mnp-Nagaland border dispute site
A ministerial team of Manipur visiting the disputed inter-state Manipur Nagaland border site at Tungjoy of Manipur on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 1 | Publish Date: 12/1/2019 1:04:54 PM IST
A ministerial team of Manipur government on Sunday paid a visit to the disputed area at Mai hills of Tungjoy village in Manipur’s Senapati district bordering Nagaland. The disputed between Tungjoy villlage of Manipur and Khezhakeno village of Phek district of Nagaland was a long standing conflict over the traditional land ownership. 
The minister’s team led by state PHE minister Losii Dikho included CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam and tribal affairs & hills minister N Kayisii, besides concerned officials of the state government.
 Villagers of Tungjoy informed the ministerial team that there was a plan to celebrate Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at the disputed area of Tungjoy village which is located at the interstate boundary of Manipur and Nagaland.
The team today held a joint interaction with the villagers of Tungjoy village and officials from Nagaland to take stock of the ground situation and find amicable ways to negotiate the dispute and bring about a peaceful solution.
Taking part in the interaction, minister Losii Dikho assured that the state government will address the problems faced by the villagers while giving government assurance to take up concrete measures for peaceful co-existence of both the states.
Later, minister Karam Shyam highlighted to the media who were part of the visit that the conflict on demarcating boundaries between the two states had existed since 1872 and there was a need to carry out proper survey. 
A committee with minister Losii Dikho as chairman constituted by the state government regarding the issue will soon hold a meeting to find a way to bring the conflicting parties of both Nagaland and Manipur together to the negotiating table keeping in view the public interest, he assured.
Minister Kayisii assured that proper steps will be taken up to resolve the issue as soon as possible after discussion with the chief minister in line with the recommendation of the committee. Asserting that Manipur Rifles outpost was there for the security of the villagers since 1991, the minister assured the state government is taking up all necessary steps for the safety of the villagers.
The villagers of Tungjoy appealed to the ministerial team to undertake adequate measures to develop roads and convert the village into a tourist resort.
State police ADGP (AP/Ops) L Kailun, DC Senapati Somorjit Salam, SP M Pradip Singh, Nagaland officials, villagers and youths of Tungjoy village were present during the interaction. 
Tungjoy village and Dzukuo valley have been flash-points for decades apart from the dispute at some border areas in Ukhrul district of Manipur bordering Nagaland. 
A dispute over traditional land ownership of Dzukuo valley, dispute between Manipur and Nagaland over Jessami in Ukhrul district is yet to be resolved. 
In their effort to settle the disputes, Manipur government had written to the Centre seeking help to resolve the protracted inter-state border dispute with direct involvement of the Survey of India in September 2017.
In December last year, Manipur government had constituted a committee headed by state PHED minister L Dikho as chairman to facilitate settlement of existing the Manipur-Nagaland interstate boundary dispute.
State revenue minister Karam Shyam, tribal affairs and hills minister N Kayisii were among nine members of the committee in which state additional secretary (tribal affairs and hills) is the convener.

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