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Centre may take final call on border agreement on March 9

Shillong, March 3: The Centre may take a final call on the border agreement on the six of the twelve areas of difference.

Sangma told reporters that he and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have been asked to come to Delhi on March 9.

“The Union Home Minister will brief us on that. I am pretty sure it will be based on discussions and reports we have submitted to him. I am hopeful that the MHA will take a final call and close the chapter for the first six locations,” he said.

The six areas of difference under the first phase include Tarabari (4.69 sq km), Gizang (13.53 sq km), Hahim (3.51 sq km), Boklapara (1.57 sq kms), Khanapara-Pilangkata (2.29 sq kms) and Ratacherra (11.20 sq kms).

To a question whether he would also take up the issue relating to the peace talks with the HNLC, the chief minister, however, said the meeting will be specifically on the border issue.

“I am not sure but as far as I know the agenda is on the border issue but if the opportunity is there, our officials will be there, we may have a discussion also on that,” he said.

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