The issue of border between India and Nepal has heated up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement during an election rally in Uttarakhand in December last, in which he talked about expanding the road in Lipulekh area. Nepal has been claiming Lipulekh as its share.
Kathmandu/New Delhi: The Nepal government on Sunday once again reiterated that Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani are “integral parts” of the country and appealed to India to stop all construction activities in the region. Also said that he is committed to resolving the border issue through diplomatic channels.
The remarks came a day after the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu issued a statement. On January 15, the Indian Embassy had said that India’s stand on the border with Nepal was “well known, consistent and clear”. The Government of Nepal has been informed about this.
A statement issued by the Government of Nepal said, “We are of the opinion that established intergovernmental mechanisms and channels are best suited for dialogue.”
“The pending border issues can be resolved in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations,” it said.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said on Sunday that the Nepal government is “firm and clear about the fact that Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani regions located east of the Mahakali river are an integral part of Nepal”.
“The Government of Nepal appeals to the Government of India to stop all unilateral steps such as the construction and expansion of roads passing through Nepalese territory,” Nepal government spokesman Karki said.
The minister said that the government of Nepal is “committed to resolve the border dispute between the two countries in accordance with the historical treaty, agreement, documents and maps and the close and friendly relations between Nepal and India”.
His remarks came amid protests in Nepal against the construction of a road by India in Lipulekh (Uttarakhand).
The ruling Nepali Congress had issued a statement on January 14, in which it had opposed the construction of the road through Lipulekh.
Let us inform that on 30 December 2021, during an election rally in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Modi had said that his government has built a road till Lipulekh and it is being expanded further.
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 the Kalapani region and resolve the border dispute amicably through high-level talks based on historical facts and evidence. was urged.
The party had 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.
At the same time, in November last year, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had said in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand 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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