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State Affairs committee calls for firm stand on nationality

KATHMANDU: The State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the House of Representatives has suggested the government to take high-level political and diplomatic initiative immediately to maintain sovereign rights of Nepal at Kalapani area.
After acquiring information with members of cabinet regarding the questions raised over the political map recently released by India, the Committee directed the government to take initiative to maintain sovereign rights of Nepal at this territory on the basis of geographical and historical facts that eastern part of Kali river, whose source is Limpiyadhura, belongs to Nepal.
Lauding the views expressed by the government and political parties as well as their stance regarding the map recently released by India encroaching Nepal’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Committee called on the government, political parties and general public to stand firm for nationality.
The Committee said, “Nepal and India should be committed to follow the United Nations charter and Panchasheel principle in letter and spirit as both the countries are committed towards it on the basis of co-existence respecting one another’s sovereignty, integrity and self-esteem.”
It also asked the government to make effective security arrangement at border areas by establishing permanent barrack of the security force including in Kalapani, while suggesting it to take efforts to resolve all border disputes between the two countries in a permanent manner.
The Committee also directed the government to submit the report prepared by the Eminent Persons’ Group, formed to review the treaty and agreements signed between the two countries as per the time, to the bodies concerned and to make it public.
Earlier, Minister for Home Afairs, Ram Bahadur Thapa, has said that Kali river is the border of Nepal and India and added that the government is going to set up security posts in every 10-kilometer distance to intensify security at border area.
Saying the government has been taking efforts to resolve problems surfaced at different places including Kalapani and Susta area, he said that the entire nation has become united to resolve the problem.
Similarly, Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Padma Kumari Aryal said that Nepal has sufficient evidence to prove that Kali river is border of Nepal and India and such evidences are safe with the government of Nepal.
She said, “The map released without mutual consensus cannot get recognition. The government has started initiation to implement the decisions made by all-party meeting. Some positive messages have also been received.”
Earlier in the meeting, Committee member and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said that negative issue raised over the matter of Kalapani has help forge common understanding. “We have to resolve the border issue in a permanent manner. Solution of the current problem will be sought through political and diplomatic channel,” he said.
Lawmakers suggested in the meeting to seek solution of the problem through high-level political and diplomatic mechanism immediately. They also suggested the Indian government not to carry out activities to spoil friendly relations between Nepal and India.
Committee Chair Shashi Shrestha asked the representative of the government to carry out initiative to resolve the problems soon, by taking the issue seriously.
It may be noted that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was invited to the meeting to hold discussion over the issue but he could not attend the meeting owing health reasons.

Published Date: Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 08:52 AM

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