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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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‘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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