Pema Khandu | File Photograph

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on March 27 stated that his state and neighbouring Assam are making progress towards resolving the long-standing border dispute.

Khandu took to Twitter to announce that both states are progressing steadfastly towards settling the border issues following the signing of the Namsai Declaration.

The border issue has been pending with the country’s apex court for many years, but recent developments have provided hope for an amicable resolution.

The Namsai Declaration was signed by the governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam on July 15, 2021, in the presence of CM Pema Khandu and his Assam counterpart, Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Namsai Declaration aims to bring an end to the decades-long border dispute and achieve lasting peace between the two states.

The chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh also held a meeting with regional committees from five districts – Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, Kamle, Papumpare, and Lower Siang – to review the progress made so far. He expressed optimism that a peaceful resolution could be reached in the near future.

As part of the Namsai Declaration, the two states agreed to limit the number of disputed villages to 86, down from the previous 123. This move is expected to simplify the negotiations and accelerate progress towards a resolution.

The inter-state border between Arunachal Pradesh and Assam stretches for 804.1 kilometers, and a peaceful resolution of the dispute would have a significant impact on the people living in the region. Assam is also engaged in discussions with other neighboring states such as Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Mizoram to resolve their inter-state border disputes.

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