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Shilllong, Jan 13: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday said that the state government is keen to find an amicable solution to the long pending boundary dispute with Assam before the 50th year of statehood celebrations on January 21.

“It is our wish from the state government of Meghalaya to resolve the dispute within January 21, since it is a day when we will be celebrating the golden jubilee of our statehood,” Tynsong told journalists.

This came a day after the chief ministers level talk on inter-state boundary between Meghalaya and Assam was held at Guwahati in an attempt to arrive at a final agreement to resolve the dispute in at least six of the twelve areas of difference shared between the two states.

“(However), this is not only our wish as both the chief ministers – Conrad K Sangma and Himanta Biswa Sarma – have to again sit down to discuss all details after receiving the detailed reports from both the state governments,” Tynsong said.

He informed that during yesterday’s meeting, both the state governments have been asked to prepare and submit detailed comprehensive reports to the respective chief ministers within three days time.

“Once the reports are submitted both the chief ministers will sit down for final agreement. Thereafter, they will fly over to Delhi for briefing and discussing with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. On their return they will declare or make public the final agreement,” revealed Tynsong.

Asked as to what happens if the border residents reject the recommendations of the two governments, the deputy chief minister said there is no need to preempt right now.

“We can’t say…if they reject or accept, I think that question will come at a later stage. Right now let us hope for the best and I am very sure it will be positive for both the states,” he added.

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