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Assam, Nagaland to pull forces from their borders

Sunday, 01 August 2021 | PNS | Guwahati

Chief Secys hold meet to defuse tension

Amid the Assam-Mizoram border tussles, Assam and Nagaland have decided to withdraw their forces from their common border. The decision in this regard was arrived at the meeting of the Chief Secretaries of Assam and Nagaland on Saturday.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced de-escalation of tension of the State’s border with Nagaland and said that an understanding has been reached to immediately withdraw States’ forces from border locations.

“In a major breakthrough towards de-escalating tensions at Assam-Nagaland border, the two Chief Secretaries have arrived at an understanding to immediately withdraw States’ forces from border locations to their respective base camps,” Sarma said on Twitter.

“This is a historic step in our relations. My gratitude to HCM Sri @Neiphiu_Rio for working with #Assam in restoring peace on the border. Assam is committed to ensuring peace along all its borders & strives for social & economic prosperity of #NorthEast region,” added Sarma.

Recent disputes started after Nagaland protested against Assam Police’s move to set up a camp close to Vikuto village under Tzurangkong range in Mokokchung district of Nagaland on June 29. The area is near Mariani in Assam’s Jorhat district. Several rounds of negotiations were held to find a solution to the issue. Nagaland’s Deputy CM Y Patton held a meeting with various organisations of the Tzurangkong area on Friday.

Assam and Nagaland share a 512.1 km long border. The border dispute between Assam and Nagaland began soon after Nagaland became a State in 1963. The Nagaland State Act of 1962 had defined the State’s borders according to a 1925 notification when Naga Hills and Tuensang Area were integrated into a new administrative unit.

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