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SHILLONG, June 7 - The Meghalaya-Assam boundary dispute has remained unresolved �due to politicking� and Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today appealed to all political parties from Meghalaya and Assam to build a broad consensus to resolve the sensitive issue.

The �sensitive issue� can be resolved by doing away with politicking on the matter, Sangma said after a Cabinet meeting here.

He said no Government wants to take the plunge to solve the issue due to politicking.

Sangma said, if the Government takes a decision, there would always be some from Opposition who would jump and paint the settlement as a sell-off. �We cannot decide on the issue due to political ramifications,� he added.

The Chief Minister said he has spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and both have decided in principle to put the issue at rest once and for all. �We need political parties from both the States coming together and finding a solution to this sensitive issue. There is no room for politicking,� Sangma said.

Meghalaya and Assam have 12 areas of differences. Moreover, there are two areas, Block I and Block II, which Meghalaya wants to be �transferred� to Meghalaya. Currently, a Chief-Secretary level meeting is on between the two States, but these parleys have not made much headway.

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Border issue needs political consensus: Sangma

SHILLONG, June 7 - The Meghalaya-Assam boundary dispute has remained unresolved �due to politicking� and Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today appealed to all political parties from Meghalaya and Assam to build a broad consensus to resolve the sensitive issue.

The �sensitive issue� can be resolved by doing away with politicking on the matter, Sangma said after a Cabinet meeting here.

He said no Government wants to take the plunge to solve the issue due to politicking.

Sangma said, if the Government takes a decision, there would always be some from Opposition who would jump and paint the settlement as a sell-off. �We cannot decide on the issue due to political ramifications,� he added.

The Chief Minister said he has spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and both have decided in principle to put the issue at rest once and for all. �We need political parties from both the States coming together and finding a solution to this sensitive issue. There is no room for politicking,� Sangma said.

Meghalaya and Assam have 12 areas of differences. Moreover, there are two areas, Block I and Block II, which Meghalaya wants to be �transferred� to Meghalaya. Currently, a Chief-Secretary level meeting is on between the two States, but these parleys have not made much headway.

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