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Best of relations with northeast states: Gogoi

'We have differences and disputes over the boundary, but we are moving as brothers,' says the Assam CM.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 12:38 IST

Despite differences between the seven northeast states on the boundary issue they have "best of relations" with each other, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said.

"We have differences and disputes over the boundary. But inspite of that we are moving as brothers," he told reporters in Shillong on Monday night adding it would take time to find a solution to the problem.

"Nobody can say how long it will take ... But we are trying to solve the dispute amicably," he said.

Assam has border disputes with Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland with most of them alleging that the bigger state was encroaching their territories. Except Meghalaya and Mizoram the other states have approached the apex court.

Asked if he would take up the matter with his Meghalaya counterpart DD Lapang, Gogoi said discussions did take place and would be done again.

"We involve local leaders and district councils... We are moving in the right direction."

First Published: Apr 24, 2007 12:33 IST