Following intervention by Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, Assam and Mizoram's Chief Ministers (CMs) Himanta Biswa Sarma and Zorathangma toned down the hostility and showed signs of readiness towards arriving at peace through talks, Times of India.
The development gains much significance as it comes six days after the flare-up on the Assam-Mizoram border which saw six Assam Police personnel being killed in firing by Mizoram police.
Amid growing tensions ever since, Shah held separate telephonic conversations with both, Sarma and Zorathangma, as a result of which Zorathangma called up his counterpart and the two leaders took a step back.
Mizoram Government meanwhile has also decided to withdraw the recent FIR which had been lodged against Sarma and six of the top officials of the Assam Government. State's Chief Secretary said that the FIR would be withdrawn as Zorathangma did not "really approve of it".
On the other hand, Sarma said, "If the Centre takes an initiative, we have no problem talking. The Assam Government is ready to talk to the Mizoram Government at any point of time and at any place, be it Guwahati, Aizawal or New Delhi. If the Mizoram CM wants us for discussion, we are always available."
Sarma added, "We do not like these frequent skirmishes. We have come for development and these tensions are a big deterrent."
Sarma's statement came after Zorathangme had taken to Twitter to share that the two sides had agreed to resolve the border issue through "meaningful dialogue".
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