Lawmakers stress for diplomatic dialogue to resolve disputed borders

Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 12 November 2019) – Lawmakers have suggested the government to resolve the disputed border issues with India on the basis of evidences, bilateral agreements and historical facts.

Speaking in a meeting of the International Relations Committee under the House of Representatives (HoR) today, the lawmakers urged the government to hold diplomatic talks with India to resolve the borders issues that have surfaced after India unilaterally released its political map placing Nepali territory inside India.

The committee concluded that Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulek were Nepali territory and there was no confusion on its evidences on the basis of the Sugauli treaty and its supplementary treaties. Speaking in the meeting, lawmaker and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stressed on holding talks with India on the issue as Nepal has clear evidences.

Similarly, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali argued that the recent map released by India will not be acceptable to Nepal and the MoFA was initiating to hold high level diplomatic talks to resolve the issues. He shared that there were various evidences to show that these territories belonged to Nepal.

Lawmaker, Bhim Rawal opined to hold talks with India with high morale and strong evidences. He also suggested that the government to regularly monitor the border. Dr Narayan Khadka opined to hold talks with India after forging a single voice among the political parties adding that the issues of the nation’s border is highly sensitive and connected to national pride.

Lawmakers Pushpa Bhusal, Agni Sapkota, Mohan Baniya, Dibya Mani Rajbhandari, Prem Prasad Tulachan, Narad Muni Rana, Sujita Shakya, Dr Deepak Bhatta stressed on resolving the border issues through diplomatic channel. Director General at the Department of Survey Prakash Joshi informed the meeting about its activities regarding effective monitoring of the border.

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