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Political parties of Arunachal Pradesh have resolved to work as a team to find a permanent solution to the interstate boundary issue with Assam.

Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) have also joined hands with the political parties to resolve the conflict.

The decision was taken during a consultative meeting at Itanagar on Thursday which was convened by the High Power Ministerial Committee (HPMC) for Arunachal-Assam interstate boundary.

Arunachal Pradesh home minister Bamang Felix, who is the chairman of the HPMC, said the consultative meeting is aimed at creating a roadmap that would guide the process of resolving the vexed interstate boundary issue with Assam.

“It will be instrumental in paving a way for an amicable and permanent solution to the interstate boundary issue,” Felix said.

He appealed to the parties to rise above party lines and come together as Team Arunachal.

Felix also appealed all to ensure that peace is maintained throughout the process of resolving the boundary dispute.

He added that the HPMC would also convene a meeting after August 15 with the district level committees and would recommend the way forward based on Thursday’s consultative meeting.

Later, the meeting accepted the committee’s proposal of taking the Supreme Court-appointed local committee’s recommendations as the baseline for working out an amicable and permanent solution to the boundary issue.

Earlier, taking part in the discussion, representatives of the political parties, AITF and AAPSU assured to extend all possible support to the HPMC so that the boundary dispute with Assam is resolved once and for all.

Among others, the consultative meeting was attended by all members of the HPMC, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki, BJP president Biyuram Wahge, NPP vice-president Thangham Wangham, JD (U) secretary-general P Dolo, JD (S) president Rokom Apang, PPA president Kaffa Bengia, AITF president Bengia Tolum, and AAPSU president Hawa Bagang.

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