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Parliamentary Committee in Nepal Calls for Resolution of Kalapani Issue

Published Dec 16, 2019
Updated Feb 05, 2020

The International Relations Committee under the House of Representatives (HoR) has directed the government to issue a map of Nepal specifying its territories, Limpiyadhura, Lipulek, Kalapani and Susta belonging to the country

The committee’s meeting on 12 December in Kathmandu has also asked the government to safeguard the territorial integrity of the country by removing Indian security force stationed on the areas and hold talks with the Indian government on the issue.

The lawmakers continued to suggest that the issue be resolved at the political and diplomatic levels to strengthen Nepal’s sovereign rights and ownership of its territories encroached upon by India.

In the recent past a number of Nepali authorities have commented on the issue.

he depth of resentment in Nepal over the issue of Kalapani being included in the Map issued by Survey of India is evident as Dr Govinda KC, a surgeon activist of Nepal who was staging his 17th hunger-strike demanding reforms in medical sector, decided to halt his strike in solidarity to support the government on the boundary issue.

Dr Govinda Kc crusader for reforms in medical education has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to correct a recently-released Indian political map that placed Nepali territories Kalapani and Limpiyadhura inside Indian borders writing a letter to Prime Minister Modi via Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Dr KC stated that encroachment upon Nepali territory by the southern neighbor has hurt the sentiment of Nepali people..

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.