India Stand on Nepal Border: Kathmandu, Jan 15 (PTI) India’s stand on its border with Nepal is well known, consistent and clear, the Indian Embassy said here on Saturday. This statement comes at a time when Nepal’s opposition parties have expressed dissatisfaction over reports that claimed that the Indian government is carrying out construction activities in areas that Nepal has included in its map.
Nepal’s main opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) has demanded Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to speak on the border issue and clarify the position on Lipulekh. UML State Department chief Rajan Bhattarai said in a statement, “UML firmly believes that construction of roads and other structures should be stopped. The problem should be resolved quickly through dialogue and no framework should be put in place until a solution is reached through dialogue.
On questions from the media regarding recent news and statements in Nepal on the question of Indo-Nepal border, the Indian Embassy spokesperson said, “The Government of India’s position on the Indo-Nepal border is well known, consistent and clear. The Government of Nepal has been informed about this.” The spokesperson said, “We are of the view that established inter-governmental mechanisms and media are best suited for dialogue. Remaining border issues can always be resolved by mutual agreement in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations.
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In November last year, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh that an attempt was made to create misunderstanding in Nepal about the road from Lipulekh pass to Mansarovar via Dharchula. Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt also claimed that the pilgrims would soon be able to travel to Kailash-Mansarovar by vehicle as Rs 60 crore has been sanctioned by the Center to convert the border road from Ghatiyabagar to Lipulekh into a pucca road.
Lipulekh Pass is a remote western point near Kalapani, which is the border area between Nepal and India. Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory. India considers it its territory as part of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and Nepal as part of Dharchula district.
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