NEPAL-INDIA BORDER ROAD PROTESTS SPARK HUGE DEBATE

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NEPAL-INDIA BORDER ROAD PROTESTS SPARK HUGE DEBATE
NEPAL-INDIA BORDER ROAD PROTESTS SPARK HUGE DEBATE

Nepal has been protesting the introduction of a road linking India and China through Nepal, as it passes through Kathmandu. The protest was caused by the new map drawn by India according to which the road comes into Indian territory. This has been extensively covered by the wire:

Rumblings in Nepal about the boundary with India have now resulted in a full-scale eruption since India inaugurated a new road in Uttarakhand which leads to territory that is claimed by Kathmandu, near the border with China

Nepal’s Foreign Ministry also issued a statement:

This was reiterated by the Government of Nepal several times in the past and most recently through a diplomatic note addressed to the Government of India dated 20 November 2019 in response to the new political map issued by the latter. The context of the last diplomatic note is that months ago, India had issued a new political map to show the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two new Union Territories. In it, it depicted Kalapani as part of Indian territory, which led to a strong objection from Nepal.

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This unilateral act runs against the understanding reached between the two countries including at the level of prime ministers that a solution to boundary issues would be sought through negotiation.

In light of this development, the Government of Nepal calls upon the Government of India to refrain from carrying out any activity inside the territory of Nepal

Indian Ministry has stated that a dialog is in process with Nepal over the borders and that matters would be resolved in the most peaceful way possible.

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