Assam & Arunachal Pradesh End 51-yr-Old Border Dispute

New Delhi: Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday signed an agreement to end the 51-year-old border dispute between the two states. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu signed the agreement in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh share an 804.1-km-long border which has been in dispute since the latter was made a union territory in 1972. Arunachal gained statehood in 1987. The pact will bring settlement to 123 villages located along areas that the two states share.

Home Minister Amit Shah termed the signing of the agreement a historic event for both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and said the resolution to the dispute over 123 villages came at a time when the country is celebrating its 75th year of Independence.

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