Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio meets Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi to tackle border issues

New Delhi, Aug 3 (ANI): Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met the Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi on Saturday to find an amicable solution to the border dispute between the two states.

"I had a good meeting with the Assam Chief Minister. We have decided that as far as the border between Nagaland and Assam is concerned, we should maintain status quo, maintain peace, and keep our NGO's active to have interaction," he told the media here today.

"We will be sending our administrative officers to observe the ground realties, so that nobody violates the peaceful atmosphere," he added.

Since the formation of Nagaland in 1963, around 59,000 hectares of Assam land has been allegedly encroached upon by residents of the neighbouring states.

According to reports, Nagaland residents have encroached upon 4,000 hectares in the 5,927-hectare Geleky reserve forest in Assam's Sivasagar district. "Since it is a disputed area there is some kind of tension but because political will is there to resolve and civil society desires for peaceful atmosphere," Neiphiu Rio said.

Nagaland is also reported to have encroached upon large areas in Jorhat and Golaghat districts of Assam. (ANI)


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