Assam, Mizoram to withdraw forces; Issue Joint Statement to Solve Border Issue


Guwahati: The Assam and Mizoram governments on Thursday issued a joint statement, saying they would take forward the initiatives of the Home Ministry and their chief ministers to remove tensions prevailing around the inter-state border and find solutions to disputes through discussions.

The statement was issued after Assam ministers Ashok Singh and Atul Bora reached Aizawl and held a meeting with three representatives from Mizoram.

After the meeting Minister Ashok Singhal in a tweet said, “Govt. of Assam & Govt. of Mizoram successfully signed a Joint Statement today after deliberations at Aizawl. Both governments agree to take forward Ministry of Home Affairs’ initiatives to remove prevailing tensions and to find lasting solutions through discussions.”

The Joint Statement signed by both the states said both the state governments agree to maintain peace in the inter-state border areas and welcomed deployment and neutral force by Government of India.

It also said that both the governments agree to take all necessary measures to promote and maintain peace and harmony aongst the people living in Assam and Mizoram, particularly in the border areas.

After the meeting, Assam withdrew a travel advisory issued on July 29 asking its citizens to avoid its neighbouring state. Mizoram condoled the death of the six Assam Police personnel in the July 26 showdown.

On July 26, the border dispute between the two Assam and Mizoram escalated and a fierce gun battle between the forces of the two states resulted in the death of six Assam police personnel and one civilian at Lailapur in Cachar district. At least 65 people were injured in the incident.