Now, Nepal picks up border row with India

Now, Nepal picks up border row with India
SHARE

Kathmandu: Nepal on Wednesday published a new political map that includes a small stretch of disputed land, toughening its stance on a decades-long row over the territory with India which rejected the move.

Nepal’s liberal communist Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has been under intense pressure from student groups and members of parliament to issue the new map since India opened an 80 km (50 mile) long road this month linking the northern state of Uttarakhand with Lipulekh on the border with Tibet across the controversial piece of land.

Nepal claims the territory under an 1816 treaty with the East India Company which sets the Kali as its western boundary with India and says the land lying east of the river was its territory. Nepalese officials said the exact size of the territory was being calculated.

The new map that shows a sliver of land – including areas like Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani – jutting out from the northwestern tip of Nepal was made public on Wednesday by Land Management Minister Padma Aryal who said the occasion was “historically pleasant” for Nepal and its people.

But India, which says the land is its territory, rejected Nepal’s “unilateral act” saying it was not based on historical facts and evidence.

Now, Nepal picks up border row with India
K P Sharma Oli (Centre)

“It is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue,” Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a statement. “Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India,” he said.

India has stationed a security post in the area since its border war with China in 1962.

Nepali officials said the new map will be printed in school and college text books and official documents and will be used for all administrative purposes.

MORE IN NATION
SHOW MORE
The comments posted here/below/in the given space are not on behalf of Onmanorama. The person posting the comment will be in sole ownership of its responsibility. According to the central government's IT rules, obscene or offensive statement made against a person, religion, community or nation is a punishable offense, and legal action would be taken against people who indulge in such activities.