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Fresh bid to resolve boundary disputes
Spl correspondent
 NEW DELHI, May 5 – In a surprise move, the Centre has undertaken fresh initiative to resolve the inter-State boundary dispute among Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

 Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram on Saturday chaired two separate meetings with Chief Ministers, Tarun Gogoi, Dr Mukul Sangma and Nabam Tuki. All the three Chief Ministers were in town to take part in the conference of Chief Ministers on NCTC.

In what turned out to be a hectic day for the visiting Chief Ministers of the three Congress-ruled States of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, Chidambaram held two separate rounds at his North Block office to hold preliminary discussions on the long-pending problem.

First meeting was held between Gogoi and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya. A formal round of discussion was held today to talk about the border dispute between Assam and Meghalaya, said Dr Sangma.

A meeting of the Chief Secretaries would be held in the next round to discuss the inter-State boundary dispute, he added.

It’s an initiative taken by the MHA to mutually resolve the inter-State boundary dispute, he said, emerging out of the meeting.

Sources said that the Home Minister has requested all the three Chief Ministers to mutually settle the inter-state boundary dispute. The Chief Ministers were advised to amicably resolve the dispute, said sources, adding that Gogoi, Tuki and Dr Sangma agreed.

Assam and Meghalaya have been involved in negotiations to resolve the dispute mutually. There are at least 12 points of dispute along the inter-state boundary. Meghalaya had recently claimed the area, where Gogoi’s official residence is located in Guwahati. The next round of meeting was joined by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

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