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Assam, Nagaland to withdraw forces from the disputed locations in Dessoi Valley

  by NEWSNER , 2021-08-02 15:41:38

Assam, Nagaland to withdraw forces from the disputed locations in Dessoi Valley


The Assam and Nagaland governments on Saturday agreed to withdraw their armed police forces from the disputed areas in the Dessoi Valley reserve forest area within 24 hours.


According to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the decision was reached after a meeting between Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua and his Nagaland counterpart J Alam. Both parties decided to de-escalate tensions that had arisen as a result of a standoff in Nagaland's Ao Senden and Vikuto villages, as well as Assam's Jankhona Nala/ Nagajankha and Compartment No 12 villages.


The two sides' boundary dispute dates back to December 1, 1963, when Nagaland was formally established as a state after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the leaders of the Naga People's Convention signed a 16-point accord in 1960.


All Naga regions captured by Britain and made part of Assam would be returned to India, according to the Indian government. Nagaland refused to cooperate in a boundary survey requested by a panel established in 1972 to investigate the subject; hence the transfer did not take place. In total, the states are disputing around 66,000 hectares of territory.


To maintain the status quo, it was also determined at Saturday's meeting that Nagaland and Assam would conduct surveillance using unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite photography. The police superintendents in Nagaland's Mokokchung and Assam's Jorhat regions are asked to ensure that the withdrawal of forces is done in a timely and orderly manner.


Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, who attended the meeting alongside Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu, told reporters that the chief ministers of both states met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on July 24 and 25 in Shillong to resolve the border dispute, according to PTI. He stated that the withdrawal of forces was agreed upon in principle.


Patton stated that the discussions at Saturday's meeting were limited to the Dessoi Valley region, but that disputes from other places would be addressed later. He went on to say that the Assam government has agreed not to stop or question commuters from Nagaland when they enter the state.


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