India Expresses Commitment to Resolve Boundary Dispute with Nepal
Reacting to reports of Nepal’s objections to inclusion of Kalapani in the maps released by India on 31 October, MEA states issue will be resolved based on existing mechanisms.
On 31 October maps prepared by Survey General of India depicting the new Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, as created on 31 October 2019, along with the map of India were released by the Government of India.
These raised controversy and contentions with the neighbouring countries with Pakistan and China on expected lines as these had objected to repealing of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir as well, Nepal also objected as Kalapani was shown as part of India.There was extensive debate in Kathmandu and even protests calling for action by the Nepal government.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on 17 November called for India to pull back troops from Kalapani, which he claimed is a Nepali territory. He was addressing the first meeting of the National Youth Association, the sister wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) in the capital, PM Oli said, “The government is capable enough to safeguard the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.” Oli said that the government will remove Indian border forces from the occupied Kalapani and will, “I request our neighbor to recall its troops from there,” as per Republica report.
“This patriotic government won’t let anyone take even an inch of Nepali land. The neighboring country should withdraw its troops from our land,” the prime minister said.
“The government has everyone’s support on the issues of nationalism and national sovereignty. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all for their support to the government. But in order to show you as extra-patriotic, it is inappropriate to carry out unruly activities. We would resolve the issue through diplomacy,” said Oli.
Refuting the claims of any ingress into Nepal, Indian Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said while addressing a media briefing, “As far as the boundary question is concerned, we have made our position very clear. I can only reiterate that our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India and the new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal. The boundary delineation exercise with Nepal is ongoing under the existing mechanism. We reiterate our commitment to resolve outstanding boundary issues through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations between the two countries”.