Shillong, Jun 6: Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today proposed to his Assam counterpart for a joint visit to Langpih, a village which the two states claim ''belongs'' to them.
''I prefer a joint visit to Langpih with Tarun Gogoi before settling the boundary dispute amicably, but I am still glad that he is visiting the area,'' Dr Roy told reporters at his office chamber.
His statement assumed significance in the wake of media reports that Mr Gogoi would visit Langpih village, to oversee the developmental projects in the area.
A fortnight ago, the Meghalaya chief minister visited the village ahead of Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laying the foundation stone of a Health Sub-Centre, Inspection Bungalow and residential quarters for Forest Guards on May 31.
''I would be glad if both of us visit the area jointly and show him that the area constitutionally belongs to Meghalaya,'' Dr Roy said.
Langpih has a total of 74 villages of Garo and Khasi people.
He said Assam had encroached into the area way back in 1979 and was now pushing in new settlers, which is not acceptable to the people of Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, the Assam government had also written to the Ministry of Home Affairs opposing Meghalaya's stand and requested the Centre that the neighbouring state should be instructed to avoid creating disturbance.
The Assam government had also informed the Centre that the chief minister of the neighbouring state visited Langpih area without informing Meghalaya.