Arunachal: Gogoi assures to resolve boundary dispute

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Itanagar, Apr 15: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today assured of an early solution to the long-drawn boundary dispute between his state and Arunachal Pradesh, and said that the age-old relationship between the two states would not be affected at any cost.

''The decade-old boundary dispute would be resolved amicably through negotiations between the two neighbours and since the matter is presently with the local boundary commission constituted by the Supreme Court, we are committed to maintain status quo until the dispute is resolved,'' he said, while addressing the first anniversary celebration of Dorjee Khandu government at Indira Gandhi Park here this morning as the special guest.

Praising the Dorjee-Khandu government for completing one year in office, Mr Gogoi said that no development for the nation was possible unless Arunachal developed.

''Assam and Arunachal are treading towards the development ladder and efforts should be made by both the states to work hand in hand for peace, progress and prosperity,'' he advocated adding that India would not shine unless Northeast shines.

Pointing out the efforts of the Arunachal government in reopening border trade with the South East Asian countries, Mr Gogoi disclosed that his government was constantly pursuing the Central government in reopening the historic Stilwel Road passing through Ledo if Assam's Tinsukia district, which would be an ideal route for border trade with Myanmar.

''Reopening the road would not only help economic development of Arunachal Pradesh, but would also help Assam, as well as the entire Northeastern states,'' he added.

Describing Arunachal Pradesh as 'a treasure trove of nature', Mr Gogoi commented that the state offers a great scope in tourism, power and horticulture sectors, which could lead the state to the forefront.

UNI

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