SHILLONG, March 12 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Friday said a consultation committee of political parties has been formed to pursue the long-pending inter-State boundary issue with Assam.
�The committee will engage with our counterpart, Assam, as we have to re-strategise our approach to resolve the issue,� he said in the Assembly.
The committee was set up after the Centre turned down the request of Meghalaya Government to appoint a boundary commission to resolve the issue.
When the matter was placed before the Centre, it stated the matter should be resolved bi-laterally, Sangma said.
�I appeal to all to let us start meeting them (Assam) so that our people are not subjected to sporadic incidents and conflict situations,� he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister downplayed a demand for a white paper on the issue stating the Assembly have been informed about it.
He referred to a meeting with all political parties last year when details about the submissions made to the Centre regarding the State�s claims over the disputed territories were shared with them. The Chief Minister�s reply came following Hill State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) leader Ardent Basaiawmoit�s demand for a white paper stating that the issue has been pending for over four decades. � PTI