Today the main opposition Nepali Congress said the ball was now in the PM’s court for fixing the Kalapani issue.
NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma Conversing at a press conference stated that the PM and his government had a golden opportunity to hold serious dialogue with India on the matter as the entire country, including opposition parties, consistently supported the government’s stand that the Kalapani region was Nepali territory.
“The Nepali Congress, as an opposition party, supports the prime minister and the government on the issue and believes that the government is capable of resolving it through diplomatic and political efforts,”
He said, reiterating the NC’s position that historic documents and facts proved Kalapani was Nepali territory.
Following an Indian political map declared on November 2 depicted the Kalapani region, including Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura, and Kalapani, as Indian territory, the government has previously made its position clear that it will not accept such unilateral decision on outstanding border-related matters.
An all-party meeting on Saturday also resolved that the Kalapani region was Nepali territory and any such border-related issue should be resolved through dialogue and complementary understanding.
The Parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance Committee yesterday commanded the government to correct erroneous maps of Nepal in educational and other materials and publish a new one including Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Lipubhanjyang, collectively the Kalapani region, on the eastern side of the Mahakali River, arising from Limpiyadhura.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has previously launched diplomatic efforts to hold dialogue with India on the issue.
Nepal’s Ambassador to India Nilambar Acharya last week met Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale to hold a discussion about the issue.
Both Nepal and India allege Kalapani as their territory. The region has been possessioned by Indian security forces since 1962. Raveesh Kumar a spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs last week said that India’s map precisely depicted the sovereign territory of India and that it had in no manner altered the boundary with Nepal.
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