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Nagaland open to talks on border dispute with Assam



Nagaland has insisted on resolving its blazing border row with Assam through bilateral negotiations.
“Border dispute is a common problem across India. I believe we can resolve it only through talks,” Nagaland’s Health Minister Khuzoluzo (Azo) Nienu told journalists after inaugurating ‘Morung’, a restaurant that deals in ethnic Naga cuisines, at Rajgarh Road in Guwahati, on Monday.  The minister committed he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio so that the two sides met frequently to resolve the dispute.
Nagaland has been all along flexible on the issue, advocating a solution through dialogues. But Assam wants settlement of the problem by court. A case in this regard is pending in the Supreme Court.
“Nagaland was a very small part of Assam till it attained statehood in 1963. We were like brothers, sharing a very cordial relationship. But it is strained now. So, it is time we didn’t keep any grudge against each other and renewed that relationship for peaceful coexistence,” Azo said.
The minister expressed his joy that a restaurant dealing in Naga delicacies had come up in Guwahati.
‘Nagas are swelling in Guwahati each passing day. I have not doubt Morung will now be their favourite destination. There are also many among non-Nagas who crave for ethnic Naga food,” he said.
“I always move with around 50 people. Let me tell you the next time I come to Guwahati, you won’t be able to give space to all of us,” the minister quipped. He advised the proprietors Rudra Deka and Apurba Saikia not to compromise on quality.
“Naga dishes, especially meat dishes, have few parallels. We opened Morung to showcase and promote them to the people of Assam,” the proprietors said. Azo’s brother and DMC advisor Vikholie Nienu and former Assam MLA, Alok Kumar Ghosh also spoke.
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