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Border Dispute Fails To Be An Agenda During Nepal-India Talks Due To Indian Objection

Indian side is not willing to resolve the border dispute. Otherwise, it would have featured as a prime agenda of the Nepal-India bilateral meeting held at the foreign minister’s level.
(Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali and Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar Subramaniam presiding over the meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission. New Delhi, 15 January 2021. Photo: MoFA)

By N24 Correspondent, NEW DELHI:- Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting held at foreign minister’s level concluded in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Friday, January 15, 2021, amid India objecting to make the border disputes of Limpiadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani an agenda of the meeting.

“Nepal wanted to make some sort of mechanism to address the border dispute. But India did not show an interest in Nepal’s proposal, stressing that the issue can be discussed later,” said a source familiar with the development.

In a statement issued by the Embassy of Nepal after the meeting, it is mentioned that the meeting discussed about the border issue in general and the remaining works will be completed soon.

In a separate statement of the government of India, it is stated that the meeting discussed about managing the border, but not on any specific border issue or dispute.

Addressing a public event in New Delhi, India after the meeting, Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that Nepal and India are interested to resume talks on the border dispute.

“Indian side is not willing to resolve the border dispute. Otherwise, it would have featured as a prime agenda of the bilateral meeting,” said the source, adding that the Indian side did not commit on providing Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal as well.

Foreign Minister Gyawali, embarked on an official visit to India following an invitation from his Indian counterpart, Indian Minister for External Affairs, S. Jaishankar, to hold the bilateral Joint Commission meeting in the Indian capital.

The border issue of Limpiadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani came to prominence when the government of India inaugurated a road passing through these Nepalese territories and connecting India with a pilgrimage site in Tibet.

India unilaterally issued its national map showing those Nepalese territories as its own territories. Nepal then issued its own national map by incorporating those Nepalese territories occupied by India.

Nepal wants and hopes that India would give those land back to Nepal, while India does not even want to discuss them.

“Nepal wants to discuss problems seen in bilateral relations including the border dispute while India wants to hide them under the carpet. This is the basic difference between the Nepalese and the Indian approaches,” said an analyst who did not want to be named.

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