A delegation from Mizoram led by Minister of State for Home Lalchamliana will leave for Guwahati on Wednesday for the third ministerial-level talks with Assam to resolve the border dispute in the state, a senior home department official said.
Mizoram home department joint secretary Lalthiamsanga Sailo said the third round of ministerial level talks will be held at 11 am on Thursday.
Official level talks between the two regions will be held at 5 pm on Wednesday a day before the ministerial level talks, he said.
Apart from Lalchamliana, land tax and settlement minister Lalruatkima will also participate in the ministerial level speech, another home department official said.
The Mizoram delegation will also include chairman and home secretary H Lalengmawia and two other senior officials of the home department, he said.
The Assam delegation is likely to be led by Border Development and Environment Protection Minister Atul Bora, according to highly informed sources.
Mizoram and Assam, which share a border of 164.6 km, have a long-standing border dispute, which mainly stems from two colonial boundaries drawn in 1875 and 1933.
Although Mizoram claimed the 509 square miles of internal reserve forest notified by the British in 1875 as its actual boundary, Assam accepted the map prepared by the Survey of India in 1933 as its constitutional boundary.
However, there is no sign of the border between the two states, according to officials.
Sporadic clashes since 2018, the border dispute turned ugly in July last year when police forces from the two states exchanged gunfire that left six policemen and a civilian dead. facing Aizawl.
More than 60 people were also injured in the violent clash in the disputed area near Vairengte village in Mizoram on National Highway-306.
The violent clashes were followed by economic blockade imposed on the Mizoram (NH-306) by the residents of Lailapur village in Assam.
The two administrations started talks in August last year, and agreed to end the conflict through dialogue in addition to maintaining peace on the border between the states.
Since then, the two delegations have held two rounds of talks and five technical meetings on the border issue.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma also met twice in New Delhi in November last year and September this year to find an amicable solution to the complicated border dispute.