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Nepal will not compromise on sovereign equality: Oli

Kathmandu: Ahead of the Nepalese foreign minister’s visit to New Delhi, Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that his country will not compromise on sovereign equality in its engagement with either India or China.

“The area (of) Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani is the territory of Nepal, is (a) very sacred part of Nepal,” 68-year-old Oli was quoted as saying by the WION news channel.

“We are not in position to claim the territory of China or India. But we must claim our territory with our friends,” said Oli, who had triggered the border row last year after his government came out with a new political map that showed the three Indian territories as part of Nepal.

His remarks came just two days ahead of Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s visit to New Delhi on January 14 – the senior most political leader from Nepal to visit India after strain in bilateral ties.

Gyawali’s discussions in New Delhi will be centered on the border issue.

After Nepal released the map last year, 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.

“I believe that 2021 will be the year where we can declare there are no problems between the two countries- Nepal and India,” Oli said.

“We love our independence and freedom to decide on our internal affairs, and we don’t want any type of interference from outside, from north or south,” said Oli, referring to China and India.

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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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