The upper house of parliament on Thursday instructed the government to resolve boundary issues with India, consistently supporting a resolution motion that demands the reclaiming of the Nepali territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura from invasion by the Indian side.
The upper house – showing unprecedented unity among political parties – consistently supported the motion registered by Khim Lal Bhattarai, chief whip of the ruling Nepal Communist Party. The motion was seconded by the strap of the main opposition party Nepali Congress, Sarita Prasain.
The motion states that it was conceded with a view to promoting the collective voice of the nation for the elimination of Indian troops posted in the Kalapani area of Nepal since years back and for Nepal’s safeguarding through high-level political and diplomatic initiatives. The motion also noted that there was unprecedented national unity on settling the decades-old border conflicts with India now.
The stricture supported by the upper house has sought four directives to the government. These include the settlement of boundary conflicts by strengthening diplomatic and high-level political initiatives by the government of Nepal and maintaining intact the national unity among political parties and people.
The resolution motion in its preface reads as “The political map published recently by India incorporating the Nepali territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura in Sudur Paschim Province on the Indian side of the border has drawn the serious attention of the whole nation,”
Likewise, the motion has determined the resolution of boundary conflicts all over the country by national consensus, taking the efforts led by the Nepal-India High-Level Technical Committee on border conflicts to a logical conclusion.
Following deliberations on the motion, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina the National Assembly Chairman directed the government to execute the motion endorsed by the house. He said “The house directs the government to implement the motion endorsed by the National Assembly under Rule 87 of its regulations,”
Responding to lawmakers’ concerns, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said that the government has taken diplomatic initiatives to bring about corrections to the newly-released Indian political map and to address outstanding border issues with India.
“Nepal and India are consulting for an appropriate date for a dialogue to resolve the border issues,” said Gyawali.
The minister also informed that the government has formed two separate committees for inspection of the borders on the Indian and Chinese sides.
Earlier, taking part in the deliberations, lawmakers urged the government to put in maximum effort to settle boundary conflicts, given the national consensus and unity among political parties. They also asked the government to be heedful of the historically cordial bilateral relations with India, while considering the border conflicts forward.