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Mizoram CM voices opposition to Indo-Myanmar border fencing in meeting with Amit Shah

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New Delhi, Feb 11: Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, following the recent decision by the central government to implement border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border and terminate the Free Movement Regime (FMR).

According to the Officials, the chief minister addressed concerns regarding the fencing along the India-Myanmar border and the provision of shelter for refugees from the neighboring country within his state.

It must be noted that the free movement regime (FMR) allows citizens residing close to both sides of the border to move 16 km into each other’s territory without a passport or visa.

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A senior official from the Mizoram government stated that on Saturday, the Chief Minister reaffirmed to the Home Minister the Mizo people’s opposition to border fencing along the Myanmar border with Mizoram.

Over the years, the Mizoram government and several organisations of the state including the Young Mizo Association have been opposing the Indian government’s plan to fence the Myanmar border and scrapping the FMR along the two countries.

Earlier, the Mizoram CM had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central ministers and informed them that the current border with Myanmar was forced upon the two ethnic groups by the then British government without the prior consent of the people and that it is still unacceptable for people on both sides of the border.

It’s noteworthy that the ongoing visit was Lalduhoma’s second tour to the national Capital after assuming the office as Chief Minister of Mizoram on December 8 last year.

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