Nepal – Political Consensus for Taking Up Boundary Issue with India
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli assured an all party meet commitment of the government to maintain territorial sovereignty of the country and take up the issue through diplomatic channels with, “friendly nation,” India.
In rare political consensus, key political leaders in Nepal have called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to reclaim Nepali territory encroached by India in Darchula district during a meeting held on 09 November.
A number of former Prime Ministers and foreign ministers were a part of those who appelaed that the government should immediately raise the border issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi government and substantiate Nepal’s claim to Kalapani including the Lipu-lekh pass, a tri-junction between Nepal, India and China by presenting historical facts and documentary evidence.
There is also consensus of taking up the issue for resolution internationally if India fails to respond to Nepal’s requests
“Statements alone aren’t enough; the government should take back the encroached land and show initiative to remove the Indian army from Kalapani. It should raise the matter with the Indian side,” Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa told reporters after the meeting held at Baluwatar, the Prime Minister’s office.
Former prime minister and Samajwadi Party Nepal leader Baburam Bhattarai said, “There should be talks between the two prime ministers. A political commission should be formed,” Bhattarai told media after the meeting.
A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the meeting on 09 November stated that the parties commended the government for taking a firm stand on the issue of Map by India showing the Kalapani area as Indian territory.
All parties assured support to the government to ensure sovereignty, territorial integrity and geographic sanctity of the Nepali nation.
Concluding the discourse during the meeting the Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has assured commitment of the government to maintain territorial sovereignty of the country and will take up the issue through diplomatic channels with, “friendly nation,” India.
The Prime Minister also appealed to the public at large to maintain calm.