Itanagar, March 28: Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, two neighboring northeastern states in India, have been embroiled in a longstanding border dispute for decades. The two states share an 804.1-km-long inter-state border, which has been a source of tension and conflict between the communities living in the border areas.
However, in a positive development, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced that the two states are “progressing steadfastly” towards resolving their border disputes for lasting peace.
Following signing of Namsai Declaration, we are progressing steadfastly in settling border issues with Assam for enduring peace.
Held meeting with Regional Committees of Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, Kamle, Papumpare and Lower Siang districts to review the progress. pic.twitter.com/c8nptDVNec
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) March 27, 2023
He said that this is happening after the signing of the Namsai Declaration, which was signed by the governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam on July 15 last year to amicably resolve their border disputes.
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The Namsai Declaration was signed in the presence of Khandu and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma. It was a landmark agreement that sought to bring an end to the protracted boundary matter that had been pending with the country’s apex court for a long time.
Under the Namsai Declaration, the two states decided to restrict the number of ‘disputed villages’ to 86 instead of the previous 123. This was a significant move that demonstrated the willingness of both sides to find a peaceful solution to the border disputes.
Since the signing of the Namsai Declaration, the two states have been making progress toward resolving their border disputes. Khandu recently held a meeting with the Regional Committees of Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, Kamle, Papumpare, and Lower Siang districts to review the progress made so far.
This is a positive development for the people living in the border areas, who have been affected by the long-standing border disputes. The resolution of the disputes would not only bring peace and harmony but would also promote economic development and growth in the region.
It is worth noting that Assam has been continuing its parleys to resolve the inter-state border disputes with Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Mizoram as well. These efforts are a testament to the commitment of the governments of the northeastern states toward finding peaceful solutions to their longstanding border disputes.
The progress made by Arunachal Pradesh and Assam toward resolving their border disputes is a positive development that bodes well for lasting peace in the region. The Namsai Declaration has played a crucial role in paving the way for amicable solutions to be found, and it is encouraging to see that the two states are making steady progress toward resolving their differences.