Official discussions between Meghalaya and Assam to resolve their long-pending border boundary issue are expected to begin shortly.
During an unofficial meeting in Guwahati on Saturday, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and his Assam colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed a desire to have the CM-level discussions as soon as possible.
People’s Democratic Front (PDF) Cabinet Ministers Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamletson Dohling, as well as State Planning Board Chairman Lambor Malngiang, joined Sangma to the meeting.
Lyngdoh informed a media that both CMs were eager to resume official discussions.
“The date of the Chief Minister-level talks will be decided by the two CMs,” Lyngdoh said, adding the unofficial meeting was very positive.
“It was nice to see that he (Sarma) was very keen to resolve this long-pending issue, which will be in the best interest of the people of the two neighbouring states,” Lyngdoh said.
He stated that the specifics of the modalities will be discussed at the CM level. “The meeting on Saturday was not an official one. It was kind of a courtesy visit,” he said.
Lyngdoh also said that he and Dohling had met Sarma in 2019. “We had then urged him if the boundary dispute could be resolved amicably,” Lyngdoh said.
He was pleased that they were able to bring the issue up again now that Sarma is the CM.
“It is high time that Meghalaya and Assam have proper boundaries,” Lyngdoh added.
The ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance reviewed the matter during a meeting on Friday.
Chief Minister Sangma has stated that several informal conversations on the matter are required.
“I don’t want to show the cards right now but a lot of homework has gone into how we plan to move forward on this. At this point in time, it will not be proper to discuss those details but we are focusing on the fact that whatever solution we come up with must be amicable and acceptable to the people of both states,” he had stated.