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‘Misunderstandings’ with India resolved: Nepal PM

Kathmandu: Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that misunderstandings with India have been resolved, and that the two countries should move forward looking at the future.

In a recent interview, Oli accepted the fact that once, there were misunderstandings between the two neighbors. However, he did not elaborate on those issues.

Oli stated in a recent interview with BBC Hindi Service that the outstanding issues relating to the border issue with India will be resolved through diplomatic channels on the basis of historical accords, maps, and factual documents.

“Yes, there were misunderstandings at one time, but now those misunderstandings are gone. We should not be stuck in past misunderstandings but move forward looking at the future. We have to pursue a positive relationship,” the 69-year-old Nepal Prime Minister, now heading a minority government said.

He further said that, unlike any other country. Neighbors share both love and problems. Don’t people in Nepal has a unique relationship with India Chile or Argentina have a problem? he asked.

Oli had approved Nepal’s new map featuring the Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura.  As per reports, Nepal’s new map has been drawn on the basis of the Sugauli Treaty of 1816 signed between Nepal and the then British Indian government and other relevant documents.

After this incident, the ties between India and Nepal soured. India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral act” and cautioning Kathmandu that such “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims will not be acceptable to it. India said that Nepal’s action violated an understanding reached between the two countries to resolve the boundary issues through talks.

 

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Prachanda launches fresh salvo against Nepal PM

New Delhi: Nepal’s former Maoist leader and PM aspirant Prachanda continues to be adamant as he launched a fresh salvo against PM KP Sharma Oli undermining Communist unity in the Himalayan State notwithstanding desperate measures by China to safeguard the regime.

Prachanda launched a tirade against Oli for delaying the debate in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), particularly in the Standing Committee –– the highest decision-making body of the party, Kathmandu-based political sources told ET.

Both Dahal and Oli have been sticking to their guns even as the Chinese envoy in Kathmandu is trying her best to unite the two camps. Political circles in Nepal are not confident if Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks on China-Nepal ties will be enough to safeguard Communist unity.

Addressing a public meeting recently, Prachanda stated that deliberations on several issues related to the party should not be halted in the name of party unity. Dahal’s remarks were aimed at PM Oli, who has been avoiding the Standing Committee meeting in recent weeks, one of the above mentioned sources informed.

The last time Oli unilaterally postponed the Standing Committee meeting, he incurred the wrath of the rival faction led by Prachanda and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, who said that the PM had violated the party statute and established rules by unilaterally calling off the Standing Committee meeting on July 28.

Prachanda and Oli, who used to hold dialogues almost everyday before July 28, have not held any meeting since then, despite efforts by China.

NCP Standing Committee member Mani Thapa, who was once close to Prachanda, has switched sides. He told the local media that Oli had clearly stated that he would not quit any post just because the Standing Committee or Central Committee wanted him to, but if he had to quit the party post, then the next general convention would have to be held to elect a new leadership. (Economic Times)

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China occupies Nepal village; deafening silence from Oli govt

New Delhi: China has occupied a village of Nepal and allegedly removed the boundary pillars to legitimize its annexation, top government sources said. It has also been learnt that China has gradually made inroads into several Nepalese territories with an ulterior aim to seize complete control.

The latest in the line is Rui village in Gorkha district, which is now in total control of China. “In a massive departure from its diplomatic stand of non-interference, the Chinese have completely occupied Rui Village and the residents comprising around 72 houses are fighting for their original identity. This also shows how Nepal’s current regime has surrendered to China and is now making anti-India statements and resorting to anti-India activities,” top sources told IANS.

Apart from Rui village, China has also occupied strategic lands at 11 places across Nepal. Around 36 hectares of land in four districts of Nepal, which border China, have been illegally occupied by China, but so far Nepalese government is tightlipped about it. The occupation of Rui village has been done systematically by China in the last two years.

Nepal has recently come out with a new map that claims parts of Indian territory in Pithoragarh district. India has rejected this new map of Nepal saying it is not based on historical facts or evidence. The new political map of the country features parts of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas which are in Indian territory.

Last year, sources said, the Nepal government realized China had been annexing their land however they preferred to remain silent.

“Even after realizing that China’s aggressive nationalism and military expansionism are a reality, the policies fashioned by hardline Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders, Nepal communist government prefers to remain silent,” said the sources. Nepal has found that China has already occupied six hectares of land near Bhagdare Khola (River) area and four hectares near Karnali River in Humla district.

Instead of objecting to Chinese illegal occupation and growing infiltration into the Nepalese boundaries, the KP Sharma Oli government is looking to unnecessarily interfere in India’s sovereignty. Besides the new map, Oli government is obstructing the dam repair work at Gandak Barrage that threatens flooding in Bihar during the monsoon.

This provocative move, sources said, is being done by Nepal at China’s behest which has crippled the world by spreading contagious coronavirus and is aggressively pursuing its expansionist policy.

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Expansionist China makes inroads into Nepal; Oli govt mum

New Delhi: Even as Nepal continues to lock horns with India over the border regions of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, China has occupied a village of Nepal and allegedly removed the boundary pillars to legitimize its annexation, top government sources said on Tuesday.

The Rui village in Gorkha district, which consists of about 72 houses, has reportedly been under siege, owing to the negligence and apathy of the Nepalese government.

Apart from Rui, China has also occupied strategic lands at 11 places across Nepal. Around 36 hectares of land in four districts of Nepal, which border China, have been illegally occupied by the dragon.

Nepal, which shares a boundary with China in the north, has 43 hills and mountains from the east to west that act as the natural boundary between the two countries. The two countries have six check posts, essentially for trade.

According to a Zee News report, Nepal’s recent aggressive posture in raising border disputes with India is simply to divert public attention from China’s occupation of many areas of the Himalayan nation.

Last year, sources said, the Nepal government realized China had been annexing their land however they preferred to remain tightlipped.

“Even after realizing that China’s aggressive nationalism and military expansionism are a reality, the policies fashioned by hardline Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders, Nepal communist government prefers to remain silent,” said the sources.

Nepal has found that China has already occupied six hectares of land near Bhagdare Khola (River) area and four hectares near Karnali River in Humla district.

They also found that China has illegally occupied two hectares near Sinjen Khola (river) and one hectare of Bhurjuk Khola (River) in Rasuwa district.

It has also captured land adjacent to Lamde Khola and three hectares near Jambu Khola in Rasuwa district. China has also illegally occupied seven hectares of land in Kharane Khola and four hectares near Bhote Koshi of Sandhu Pal Chok district in Nepal, three hectares of Samjung Khola, two hectares near Kam Khola and four hectares of land from Arun river bed in Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal.

But, instead of objecting to Chinese illegal occupation and growing infiltration into the Nepalese boundaries, the KP Sharma Oli government trained guns at its long time ally India.

Sources say that Nepal’s provocative move has been taken at China’s behest which has crippled the world by spreading coronavirus and is aggressively pursuing its expansionist policy.

“Nepal’s domestic policy appears to be ruled by China. The Oli government is escalating the tension between the two countries on issues that have earlier never figured in India-Nepal bilateral relationship. Occupation of its villages by China and now Nepal’s provocative gesture in Bihar that shares 700 km international border with Nepal, makes it evident that the Oli government is being ruled by Beijing,” top sources said.

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‘KP Oli has done irreparable damage to India-Nepal ties’

New Delhi: Former Maharaja of Kashmir Dr Karan Singh has slammed the governments of India and Nepal for mishandling ties over the latter passing a resolution in its House of Representatives to adopt a new map which includes Indian territories.

The Congress leader termed the fiasco as “Prima facie this appears to be a serious diplomatic lapse, the consequences of which are before us”.

He slammed Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for the “irreversible confrontational posture “with its relationship with India.

Upset with tough posturing by Nepal, Dr Singh said there were mistakes by both sides but Nepal will be at a bigger loss and it should have first talked to India before taking this harsh step of amending the map.

He further added that the matter was raised in November last year but “surprisingly it was not taken seriously, ideally the Nepal government should have been engaged through Foreign Secretary or Foreign Minister level, and if needed the Prime Minister should have pitched in to resolve the deadlock”.

Nepal’s House of Representatives on June 13 unanimously adopted the Constitution Amendment Bill, paving the way for accommodating the updated political-administrative map in the national emblem which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.

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Nepal House approves new map with Indian territories

New Delhi: Nepal’s House of Representative has unanimously endorsed the Constitution Amendment Bill to adopt a new map of the country which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, according to media reports in Nepal.

The proposal was backed by Nepal Communist Party headed by Prime Minister K.P. Oli, the opposition Nepali Congress and Madhesi-based parties.

Nepal’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shivamaya Tumbahangphe had on May 30 tabled the bill for discussions in the Parliament to update the country’s map and amend the Constitution.

On May 28, India had said that it was open to engage with Nepal on the basis of mutual respect and in an environment of trust to resolve the boundary issue. This came after Nepal had issued a new political map which included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani, areas which have been part of the Indian territory.

On May 8, after Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road connecting the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand with the Kailash Mansarovar route in China, Nepal had protested against it and threatened to put up a security post in the area.

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