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Nagaland minister and state BJP president Temjen Imna Along has said that the inter-state boundary dispute between Nagaland and Assam will be resolved in the “best interest of the people of both the states”.

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Speaking at Mariani in Jorhat district of Assam, Temjen Imna Along said: “The inter-state border issue between both neighbouring states will be resolved in the best interest of the people of both states.”

Calling Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma a “super CM”, Temjen Imna Along said: “Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has always played a pivotal role in fostering brotherhood and promoting unity among the Northeast states of the country.”

“The decades-long pending issue will be resolved under the dynamic leadership of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y Patton,” Temjen Imna Along said.

During his visit to Mariani in Assam’s Jorhat district on October 19 night, the Nagaland state BJP president said that the Assam CM has always cooperated with Nagaland and he has been trying to resolve the long-pending issue.

“It is a sub-judice matter in the Supreme Court, but both the state governments are talking to resolve the issue. Now a peaceful environment has prevailed in the bordering areas of both states. We hope that the issue will be resolved,” Temjen Imna Along said.

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Assam and Nagaland share a 434-km border and the boundary dispute between both states is more than six decades old.

In January this year, a chief minister-level meeting between both states was held to resolve the dispute. After the meeting, Nagaland chief minister had said, “Both states are ready for an out-of-court settlement of this decades-old inter-state border dispute.”

“On July 31 last year, a meeting was held between the chief secretaries of both states with a view to de-escalating the tense situation prevailing in two locations in the Dessoi Valley Reserved Forest / Tsurangkong valley due to a stand-off between the armed forces of Assam and Nagaland and during the meeting both states decided that, the security personnel of both states will simultaneously move back from their present locations to their respective base camps and both states will monitor the area by surveillance using UAV and satellite imagery with a view to maintaining the status quo,” read a resolution copy signed by the chief secretary of Assam and Nagaland.

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