“We have a new leadership in Assam. So let us now take things forward. Let there be an official meeting first and then we will decide. For, if we are to bring in aspects of the past then it may just complicate matters all the more,” Sangma said.
Sangma also said he had been having “unofficial discussions” regarding the issue with his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“We are of the view that with the new leadership in Assam now having a very positive mindset, we shall be able to move forward and try to find an amicable solution to the dispute,” Sangma said while addressing a press conference here on Monday.
“Even before the new Assam chief minister took over his current position, we have been discussing about the boundary issue,” he said.
Sangma said the issue was discussed “unofficially” between him and Sarma recently when the two families had dinner together.
“It was more of a friendly dinner we had since both families know each other. While the dinner was on, we sat together for almost three hours and discussed many topics including the border issue,” Sangma said.
“In the last one-and-a-half to two years, the MHA especially Union home minister Amit Shah has been very keen that these issues which are critical to both the states and the region as a whole should be resolved at the earliest,” he said.
“Government of India has been sending us messages and information asking us to move forward in this line. Therefore, even from an official perspective, the Union government has also initiated discussion and processes to figure out if there can be an amicable solution to this issue,” he said.
“The Union home minister had desired that before the 75th year of Independence of the country, all these issues not only with Meghalaya and Assam but Assam and other states also should be resolved.
“It will be our endeavor to resolve this within that time-frame. However, it all depends on how the talks move forward,” Sangma said.