Nepal Assembly calls to solve Kalapani boundary dispute

Nepal Assembly calls to solve Kalapani boundary dispute

KATHMANDU: The Nepal National Assembly has unanimously asked the government to intensify the ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the Nepal-India boundary dispute in the Kalapani region. A resolution proposed by judgment Nepal Communist Party chief whip Khim Lal Bhattarai on Thursday was supported by main Opposition Nepali Congress chief whip Sarita Prasain at the National Assembly.

The resolution urges the authorities to resolve the boundary issues at the earliest according to the Nepal-India High-Level Technical Committee initiative, based on Parliament sources. Nepal had raised objections after India released its new political map in November last year following the reorganiation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Nepal maintained that Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani areas were shown under Indian territory despite the fact that they lie within the Nepalese territory. India has said the new map accurately depicts its sovereign territory and it’s in no manner revised its boundary with Nepal.

Nepalese territories including Darjeeling were handed to the British East India Company as concessions under the Sugauli treaty which was signed in 1816 on the conclusion of this Anglo-Nepalese War. Under the treaty, the Nepalese-controlled land that was ceded included all areas that the king of Nepal had won in earlier wars such as the kingdom of Sikkim in the east and Kumaon and Garhwal in the west.

“We have tabled this resolution to make sure the government takes more powerful diplomatic and high-level political initiatives to keep Nepali land free of encroachment and to make sure Indian forces deployed from the Kalapani area are withdrawn,” Bhattarai said in the Upper House.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Radheshyam Adhikari said that Nepal-India connections were multi-dimensional and the government should ensure the ties were were not affected. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said Nepal-India boundaries were decided by the Sugauli Treaty of March 4, 1816 and three other subsequent documents.

“In a time when unprecedented national unity was exhibited by major political forces, it’s a ideal chance to resolve this issue,” Foreign Minister Gyawali said.

He claimed that following the 1850s, the map was first altered by India and then altered its border.

“We won’t accept the shifting of boundary unilaterally, we want to resolve the problem through diplomatic channel,” he said. He underlined the need for re-construction of border pillars which were damaged. Chairman of National Assembly Ganesh Prasad Timilsina led the government to implement the resolution adopted by the house.

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