Kalapani region a Nepali territory: Govt

Kalapani region a Nepali territory: Govt

The government today stated the Kalapani region was a Nepali territory.

Declaring a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said any notable issues associated with the border connecting India and Nepal should be resolved based on mutual agreement.

The ministry’s statement arrives following the recently-published political map of India that described the disputed Kalapani region as Indian territory.
It asserted that foreign minister-level joint commission meetings had assigned foreign secretaries of both the countries to work to determine outstanding border-related issues in consultation with experts. The MoFA in its statement said “Any outstanding issues related to the border should be resolved based on mutual agreement. Nepal does not accept any decision taken unilaterally,”

The ministry continued stating that these issues should be determined through strategic channels. MoFA statement said that “Nepal is committed to protecting its international borders. Nepal is stable in its confinement that any border-related issues between the two friendly nations should be resolved through diplomatic channels based on historical documents, facts, and proofs,”

Leaders from both ruling and opposition parties expressed reservations after the publication of the new Indian political map.
Conversing with journalists in Dang, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) said if a unilateral decision was taken on Kalapani the government and parties should take the issue seriously.

Dila Sangroula the Nepali Congress lawmaker said that Nepali people would never admit an Indian political map describing Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiadhura as Indian territories. In a Twitter post, she said “Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiadhura belong to Nepal,”

Former foreign secretary Madhu Raman Acharya said there was enough evidence to suggest that Nepal’s westernmost boundary with India went beyond Lipulekh and Kalapani. He in a Twitter post said, “Nepal should ask India to withdraw any map that alters the status quo unilaterally until the disputed boundary is resolved bilaterally,”. Both Nepal and India claim Kalapani as their territory. The region has been occupied by Indian security forces since 1962, and the region has been disputed ever since.

Also, during Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to China in 2015, both the countries had agreed to initiate a trading post in Lipulekh, another contradicted area near Kalapani. Modi and Xi had made a joint statement saying that Lipulekh was a bilateral trade route between the two countries. Nepal has been opposing the statement saying it was against the provisions of the 1816 Sugauli Treaty signed between Nepal and India.

Pradeep Kumar Gyawali Minister of Foreign Affairs had said in February that India and China could not discuss Lipulekh in Nepal’s absence. Speaking in a meeting of the International Relations Committee of House of Representatives,
Gyawali had said Nepal would not sign on the Nepal-India border strip map unless Kalapani and Susta conflicts were determined.

Gyawali said “The Nepal government does not accept Lipulekh as tri-junction between Nepal, India, and China. It will be finalized only after Nepal and India agree to demarcation, No country can discuss Nepal’s territory in Nepal’s absence,”

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