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Guwahati, Dec 22: Ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh stated that the third round of regional committee-level border talks between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam succeeded in resolving certain issues along the interstate boundary.

Addressing a press conference, Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein stated that “threadbare discussion was held in a cordial atmosphere” to find a solution to disputes involving three districts along the boundary area of the states.

Chowna Mein said that the committee members had visited the disputed areas in the Namsai and Lohit districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Tinsukia in Assam. They interacted with various stakeholders before attending the meetings.

Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora shared a glimpse of the meeting on Twitter and wrote Led by the vision of Hon’ble CM Dr @himantabiswa to resolve border disputes with neighboring states, we are on the Fastrack of finding a solution to Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border issue. Today, attended a meeting of the Regional Committee concerning Tinsukia, Lohit & Namsai dist. After joint visits to disputed areas & several rounds of talks, the report of the RC has been finalized and will be submitted to both the Hon’ble CMs. We are certain that amicable solutions to the decades-old issue will pave the way for lasting peace & all-around development of all.”

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The first round of regional-level talks was held at Namsai. While the second round of talks was held at Dibrugarh.

The two states share an 804.1-km-long border. Arunachal Pradesh was made a Union territory in 1972. It has been alleged that several forested tracts in the plains. It had traditionally belonged to its hill tribal chiefs and communities were unilaterally transferred to Assam.

After Arunachal Pradesh achieved statehood in 1987, a tripartite committee was appointed which recommended that certain territories be transferred from Assam to Arunachal.

Assam contested the recommendation and the matter is in the Supreme Court.