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Aizwal, Aug 5: Assam and Mizoram have agreed to maintain peace in the inter-state border areas and also agreed to deployment of neutral force by Government of India.

This was resolved at the Minister-level peace talks held at Aizawl on Thursday to break the deadlock and simmering tension between the two states after the violent clash between the police forces of the two states on July 26, 2021 at the border of the two states, which led to death of 6 Assam Police personnel and injury to over 45 personnel.

The Assam delegation was led by Assam Border Protection and Development Minister, Atul Bora and accompanied by Urban Development including Town & Country Planning Minister Ashok Singhal. Also accompanying them was Commissioner & Secretary Border Protection and Development, GD Tripathi. Mizoram government was represented by its Home Minister Lalchamliana and Home Secretary Vanlalngaihsaka.

Through its representatives the Mizoram government also conveyed its condolences for the loss of lives in the incident of July 26 and conveyed best wishes for speedy recovery of those injured.

Measures undertaken to de-escalate tension

– Governments of Assam and Mizoram agree to take forward initiates taken by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram to remove tension prevailing around the inter-state borders and to find lasting solutions to the disputes through discussions.

– Both the states shall not send their respective Forest and Police Forces and patrolling, domination, enforcement or for fresh deployment to any of the areas where confrontation and conflict has taken place between the Police forces of the two States during recent times.

– This would include all such areas along the Assam – Mizoram border in the districts of Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar in Assam; Mamit and Kolasib district in Mizoram.

– Representatives of both governments agree to take all necessary measures to promote, preserve and maintain peace and harmony amongst the people living in Assam and Mizoram, particularly border areas.

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