This statement from India comes at a time when Nepal’s opposition parties have expressed dissatisfaction over reports that claimed that the Indian government is carrying out construction activities in areas that Nepal has included in its map. has done. Nepal’s main opposition party CPN-UML has demanded Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to take his stand on the border issue and clarify the position on Lipulekh.
Kathmandu: The Indian Embassy said on Saturday that India’s stand on its border with Nepal is well known, rational and clear.
This statement from India comes at a time when Nepal’s opposition parties have expressed dissatisfaction over reports that claimed that the Indian government is carrying out construction activities in areas that Nepal has included in its map. has done.
This statement of the Indian Embassy came after Nepal’s main opposition party Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) demanded Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to take his stand on the border issue and clarify the position on Lipulekh.
UML State Department chief Rajan Bhattarai said in a statement, “UML firmly believes that construction of roads and other structures should be stopped. The problem should be resolved expeditiously through dialogue and no framework should be created till the issue is resolved through dialogue.
On the question of the media regarding the recent news and statements in Nepal on the question of Indo-Nepal border, the spokesperson of the Indian Embassy said, ‘The stand of the Government of India regarding the Indo-Nepal border is well known, rational and clear. The Government of Nepal has been informed about this.
“We are of the view that inter-governmental mechanisms and media are best suited for dialogue,” the spokesperson said. Remaining border issues can always be resolved by mutual agreement in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations.
Other political parties that have raised concerns over the issue include Bibeksheel Samadha Nepali, Rashtriya Prajatantra Party and ruling coalition partner CPN (Unified Socialists).
The ruling Nepali Congress had said on January 14 that India’s move to continue construction of the road in Lipulekh was objectionable.
Reiterating its stand to declare Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura as Nepalese territory, the party called upon India to immediately withdraw its troops stationed in Kalapani area and resolve the border dispute amicably through high-level talks based on historical facts and evidence. requested.
“We are clear about the fact that Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani are in Nepalese territory and Indian Army should withdraw from Kalapani area,” the Nepali Congress Party said in a statement.
The party said that the border dispute between Nepal and India should be resolved on the basis of the Sugauli Treaty of 1816.
According to Nepalese officials, according to the Sugauli treaty, the area west of the Mahakali river belongs to Nepal.
The statement, signed by Nepalese Congress general secretaries Bishwa Prakash Sharma and Gagan Thapa, said, “The construction of the road in Lipulekh by India is a unilateral violation of the clause mentioned in the Nepal-India Joint Commission, which mentions that any dispute between the two countries is The dispute should be resolved through the diplomatic mechanism.
It said, ‘The construction of a road in Lipulekh by India in violation of the bilateral agreement is a serious and objectionable matter and it should be stopped immediately.’
The party said that the two countries have centuries-old historical ties, so any kind of border issue between the two countries should be resolved through high-level diplomatic channels on the basis of historical documents.
In November last year, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh that an attempt was made to create misunderstanding in Nepal about the road from Lipulekh pass to Mansarovar via Dharchula.
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt had also claimed that the pilgrims would soon be able to travel to Kailash-Mansarovar by vehicle as the Center has sanctioned Rs 60 crore to convert the border road from Ghatiyabagar to Lipulekh into a pucca road.
Singh reiterated last month that the route up to Mansarovar via Lipulekh has been cleared.
The Lipulekh Pass is a remote western point near Kalapani in Uttarakhand, the border area between Nepal and India.
Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani to be an integral part of their territory. India considers it its territory as part of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and Nepal as part of Dharchula district.
The relations between the two countries became tense after India opened the important 80-km-long road connecting Lipulakh Pass to Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8, 2020.
Nepal opposed the opening of this road saying that this road passes through its territory. A few days later, Nepal presented a new map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura in its territories, to which India reacted strongly.
However, in June 2020, the Parliament of Nepal approved the new political map of the country.
(with input from news agency language)
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