Mediation to resolve Assam-Nagaland border: Gogoi
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 21:20
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday said that third party mediation was the best way to resolve the long standing boder dispute between Assam and Nagaland.

Gogoi, in a meeting with Supreme Court appointed mediators on Assam-Nagaland border, Sriram Panchu and Niranjan Bhatt, said his Government wanted the settlement of the border row with Nagaland once and for all taking into confidence the people of the state.

"We have approached the Supreme Court so that the border row is resolved once and for all. The apex court verdict will be binding upon one and all," he said.

Gogoi said the steps being initiated to elicit the views and opinions of cross section of people on both sides of the border would go a long way in arriving at a broad consensus on resolving the border dispute.

He agreed to the views of the mediators that status quo should be maintained till the border row was settled.

Gogoi pointed out that though there may be border dispute, people on both sides of the inter-state border have been living peacefully.

The mediators Panchu, a senior advocate of Chennai High Court, and Bhatt a senior advocate Gujarat High Court, said that they had held talks during the last few days with intelligentsia, students' groups, civil societies and political parties in both the states and the outcome was positive.


First Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 21:20

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