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Border fencing: Nagaland govt to hold talks with other NE states sharing borders with Myanmar

First Published: 22nd January, 2024 19:53 IST

After the meeting, all the concerned the stakeholders will raise the matter with central leaders, Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has informed.

Within two days of Union Home Minister Amit Shah making it amply clear that the Centre will soon fence the borders with Myanmar, the Nagaland Government has decided to hold consultations on this matter with other Northeast states which shares its borders with the neighbouring nation.

Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has informed about this.

After the meeting, all the concerned stakeholders will raise the matter with central leaders, Patton added.
Responding to a query by Northeast Live, the Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister said, “Not only Assam and Nagaland but including our Northeast states bordering Myanmar we are going to discuss and approach the central leaders.”

Patton further mentioned that the Nagaland Cabinet will discuss the matter prior to the meeting with the other Northeast states (sharing borders with Myanmar).

“That (schedule for the meeting) we have not yet fixed. We have not yet discussed, we will discuss in the cabinet along with our other Northeast leaders,” the Deputy Chief Minister stated.

Nagaland DGP Rupin Sharma also stated that the state government would convey suggestions to the Centre on how to manage the border and the Free Movement Regime (FMR).

The DGP said, “The Union Government has apparently taken a decision, from our side Nagaland Government will try to convey its views and opinions on how to manage the border and the Free Movement Regime (FMR) properly. Besides giving inputs from our side we will also try to see how better we can regulate the border along India-Myanmar, to help in the general aspect of national security while taking the emotions and sentiments of the people along the border into consideration.”

On January 8, Nagaland deputy CM Y. Patton during his meeting with Mizoram CM Lalduhoma had maintained that any resolution regarding fencing the Indo-Myanmar border would be unacceptable for the Nagas.

On January 20, in a clear message Union Home Minister Amit Shah had informed about the Centre’s decision to seal the porous India-Myanmar border soon. Not only this, the Union Home Minister also informed about the Centre’s decision to do away with the Free Movement Regime (FMR).

Worth mentioning, Nagaland is the second state after Mizoram to oppose the border fencing with Myanmar and the Centre’s decision to end FMR. Earlier, Mizoram CM Lalduhoma on January 4, had reportedly told Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi that the move to fence the border and end the FMR was unacceptable to the Mizos.

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