Neiphiu Rio in the Assembly. (File image)

The border issue between Nagaland and Assam can be resolved with close supervision of the Union home ministry, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said Tuesday.

Rio said this while replying to a query by NPF MLA on the first day of the monsoon session of the Nagaland assembly.

He said it was the desire of the Union home minister Amit Shah that all inter-state border disputes in the Northeast be resolved before the 100-day celebration of the 75th Independence Day is over.

Rio said he recently spoke to his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma on how to maintain peace in the disputed area.

On a query whether Assam plans to set up battalion camps at strategic locations along the border, the government replied no official communications have been received on the same.

Assam and Nagaland share a 547-kilometer stretch of inter-state border.

Disputes along the border were stated to have been going on since 1963 when Nagaland attained statehood.

Most recently, a chief secretary-level meeting was held on July 31 where an agreement was signed to de-escalate the tension along the border.

The meeting was held following a clash between Assam and Nagaland police in the Dissoi Valley reserved forest and Tsurangkong valley.

It was agreed that both states would withdraw their respective forces from the disputed area.

The process of withdrawal of forces was completed on August 1, Rio told the House.

The July 31 agreement was jointly signed by Nagaland chief secretary J Alam and his Assam counterpart Jishnu Barua, Nagaland’s deputy chief minister Y Patton and Assam minister Ranoj Pegu.

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