Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday informed he would officially meet Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on July 23 concerning the inter-state boundary issue.

The Meghalaya CM, who had recently met Assam CM, mutually decided that Biswa would come to Shillong city a day before the Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit the city.

The two chief ministers have been holding an unofficial meeting to discuss the long-pending issue on the boundary row between Assam and Meghalaya.

“We will be having a discussion on an official level this time. In this meeting, the Chief Secretary of Assam, additional Chief Secretary or the Principal Secretary of Home will be present, and from Meghalaya, the Chief Secretary and Additional CS will be present. Exchange of presentations is expected to take place,” informed Sangma.

Following this meeting, another official meeting will be held in Guwahati next week attended by Meghalaya officials. The date of this meeting will be decided on July 23 after the meeting that is going to be held in Shillong city, Sangma informed.

The chief minister once again reiterated that it is not an easy solution but both sides are keen to amicably solve this issue.

So far, there are 12 areas of differences between the two states.

Concerning Biswa’s recent statement in the Assembly that Meghalaya has encroached in 53 areas inside Assam territory, including 40 in West Karbi Anglong District, and 13 in Kamrup District, Sangma said that Biswa was laying down the facts.

“In the last 50 years, there could have been situations where there could have been movement from Assam side or Meghalaya side. We have to keep the facts from the past also, but we need to realise that we need to have a fresh approach to solve this issue. That is why we are finding a fresh approach and finding a way to move forward, and past aspects have to be kept in mind, but if we stick too much in the past, we will not be able to move forward,” said Sangma.

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