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No time frame to resolve border dispute: CM

Shillong, Jan 3: Chief Minister Conrad  Sangma has said no time frame can be fixed to resolve the border dispute.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, he, however, expressed confidence that the two states will find a solution in the six areas of difference out of the total 12.
Assam and Meghalaya on Monday exchanged reports submitted by their respective regional committees.
A meeting was held with the Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya Prestone Tynsong and Piyush Hazarika, who is the minister and chairman of the regional committee from Assam.
The regional committees of Kamrup district and West Khasi Hills will hold a meeting in Guwahati on Tuesday.
The PHE Minister Renikton Tongkhar will  go to Guwahati to meet his counterpart Atul Bora and they will be taking the discussion forward for that sector also, the chief minister said.
The regional committee for East Jaintia Hills is yet to submit the report to the chief minister because of the festive week.
“When asked about the time frame to complete the task, Conrad said, “What is most important to note is that may be this is the first time that so much of work and exercise has gone into an issue like this. As I said the ministers and regional committees have visited each and every village themselves, spoken to the people, spent hours and hours travelling, this has never happened before. What I am trying to say is that we are very committed to finding a solution to this. Both the governments are very committed to it. We cannot put a time frame”.
The chief minister said the government cannot  rush things and complete a task just because ‘we have set ourselves a date. We tried to finish things before Christmas, we realised that some areas were working out, some areas we needed to talk more so we  discussed today and we are discussing  tomorrow again and may be in a few days’ time, the East Jaintia Hills committee will meet and the chief ministers will also meet. So it is a continuous process’.
Earlier, the government had said it wanted to resolve the first phase of six areas of difference within January 15.

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