Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday informed that the chief secretaries of Assam and Nagaland held a meeting and agreed to withdraw security forces from disputed border locations.
In a bid to ease tensions over the border between Assam and Nagaland, the chief secretaries of the two states held a meeting on Saturday and agreed to immediately withdraw security forces from border locations to their respective base camps.
Security forces of Nagaland and Assam were engaged in a stand-off in two locations in Dessoi Valley Reserved Forest and Tsurangkong Valley.
According to a joint statement released after the meeting held in Dimapur, the two sides have agreed to maintain peace in disputed areas, known as Ao Senden village and Vikuto Village in Nagaland and Jankhona Nala/Nagajankha and Compartment No. 12 in Assam.
In the meeting, it was decided that both sides would withdraw their security personnel from the border simultaneously to their respective base camps in the next 24 hours.
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In a series of tweets, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “In a major breakthrough towards de-escalating tensions at Assam-Nagaland border, the two Chief Secretaries have arrived at an understanding to immediately withdraw states’ forces from border locations to their respective base camps.”
“This is a historic step in our relations. My gratitude to CM Neiphiu Rio for working with Assam in restoring peace on the border. Assam is committed to ensuring peace along all its borders and strives for social and economic prosperity of NorthEast region,” he added.
In a major breakthrough towards de-escalating tensions at Assam-Nagaland border, the two Chief Secretaries have arrived at an understanding to immediately withdraw states' forces from border locations to their respective base camps. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/mFbz1YCnoX
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 31, 2021
The de-escalation on the Assam-Nagaland border comes at a time when Assam is engaged in a bitter border dispute with Mizoram.