Kohima: While tension along the Nagaland-Assam border has temporarily been de-escalated following the recent agreement signed between the two states, efforts are now being made to strengthen ties through sports.

Meyazungba Jamir, SDO (civil) and border magistrate at Ralan in Nagaland‘s Wokha district, told EastMojo that a friendly cricket match between the two states and the neutral forces along the border has been scheduled on Friday.

As an attempt to spread the message of unity through sports amid the border tension, he said: “There will be a border magistrate (BM)-level meeting and after the meeting, we have decided to do something different by conducting a friendly cricket match to get to know each other.”

Jamir added that border magistrates from the both the states, personnel from the Assam police and Nagaland police, and neutral forces deployed along the border will participate in the friendly cricket game at Yanpha.

Meanwhile, the BM-level meeting will cover border issues along Sector A, B and some parts of Sector C of the Disputed Area Belt (DAB).

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Recently, an agreement was signed between the two states by Nagaland chief secretary J Alam and Assam chief Secretary Jishnu Barua at Chumukedima Police House, in the presence of Nagaland deputy chief minister and home minister Y Patton and Assam education minister Ranoj Pegu to de-escalate the inter-state border tensions.

Following this, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) unanimously adopted a three-point resolution to resolve the long-pending border dispute with Assam. One of the resolutions adopted by the house was that the border issue with Assam should be amicably settled outside the court by the two state governments.

Another resolution was the constitution of a ‘select committee’ of the house to examine all aspects of the Assam-Nagaland border issue and submit its report within three months.

The final resolution was to request the Union home minister to “ensure maintenance of status quo in letter and spirit in the disputed area till settlement of the issues”.

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