Centre working to resolve border issues among NE states: Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio

Prime News, National (Kohima), August 4:- Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday informed the assembly that the central government is working to resolve all the inter-state border issues among the northeastern states before the celebrations of the 75th year of Independence.

Replying to queries from opposition MLAs Dr. Chumben Murry and Imkong L Imchen, Rio said he had telephonic conservation with his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma and discussed how to defuse tension in the disputed area along the border and maintain peace there.

Rio had on July 31 said the two states signed an agreement to de-escalate tension in Ao Senden and Vikuto villages. Both the governments withdrew their respective police outposts from the long-disputed border, he said.

“We also decided to conduct satellite mapping to check that no fresh entries or activities happen in those areas,” he said.

Rio also highlighted that he and Sarma had discussions on border issues with Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the NEC meeting in Meghalaya’s Shillong in the last month.

“Shah clearly stated that before the celebrations of the 75th year of Independence, all these inter-state border problems should be resolved,” he said.

“We (Rio and Sarma) agreed that a Supreme Court case, which is still pending, could not resolve the border issue,” he said.

Earlier, in a written reply to a question raised by MLA Dr. Chumben Murry in the assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton said the Nagaland government has recently strengthened its manpower at Vikuto, Ao Senden and Tsutapela gate to counter attempts by Assam to establish new border outposts. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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