CHIEF Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya on Wednesday held informal talks on the border issue before conducting a joint visit to the area of difference next month. We want to sit in a formal meeting and then we will be able to take some confidence building measures, said Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. “Once confidence building measures are formalised, we will both go to the site and discuss with people of border villages. When we went to Langpih, there were lots of festivities. So, we want to go to Karbi Anglong and Jaintia Hills also with the same kind of festivities,” he added.
The Assam CM said he would like to have the formal meeting and visit to the border area in October. “I like to do it in the month of October. If Meghalaya CM can come to Guwahati in the first week of October, we can do, otherwise in the second week.” As part of the second phase of border talks, both Assam and Meghalaya Governments have constituted regional committees to come up with solutions for resolving the remaining six areas of differences shared by the two States.