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Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday said that some individual politicians and not parties in the ruling coalition have demanded revisiting of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state and Assam to end their five-decade-old border dispute in six contested locations.

The government is ready to explain all the aspects of the agreement to those who are raising objections to it, Sangma told reporters.

The parties have not given me anything in writing or discussed any matter that they don’t agree with the MoU, he said.

Assam and Meghalaya had on March 29 signed an MoU to end their border dispute in six of the 12 contested locations along the 884.9-km border between the two North-eastern neighbours. Some political leaders of the state have expressed opposition to the agreement.

I have been in touch with the leadership of all coalition partners…. We are all part of the decision. Certain individuals in the regional parties are raising concerns and we are ready to explain all aspects (to them), Sangma said.

The chief minister said that the MoU was signed in presence of two ministers from the United Democratic Party (UDP), one minister from the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and one from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).

They (the parties) have all been part of the regional committees (set up to find a solution to the border problem). Therefore, they have obviously discussed the issue at their party level, he said.

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