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Nepal Lawmakers bat for effective diplomatic talks to return encroached lands

The government had recently tabled the amendment bill to update the country's Coat of Arms by incorporating Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. Earlier, the bill was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives.
(Members participating in a program to answer questions raised under the Appropriation Bill, 2077 BS at a meeting of the National Assembly on Wednesday at the Federal Parliament Building, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, July 16, 2020. Picture: Chandrakala Chhetri)

KATHMANDU:- Nepal Lawmakers representing different political parties have shown same stand on national sovereignty and national interest in the meeting of the National Assembly (NA) today.
Taking part in the clause-wise discussion on the Constitution of Nepal (2nd amendment) Bill, lawmakers have stressed the need of adopting effective diplomatic channel to return the encroached territory back to Nepal.
The government had recently tabled the amendment bill to update the country’s Coat of Arms by incorporating Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. Earlier, the bill was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives.
The Indian side had unilaterally constructed and inaugurated a link road to China’s Mansarobar via Nepali territory.
Talking part in the discussion at today’s meeting, ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Dinanath Sharma argued that the Nepalis are showing same stance on national agenda and sovereignty. He asked for cordial and friendly behaviours from India to resolve the border dispute. Sharma further said India should return the lands as per Sugauali Treaty. He was also for internationalizing the issue if Nepal was denied the encroached lands via diplomatic talks.
Similarly, leader of the main opposition party in National Assembly, Radhe Shyam Adhikari, said that border between Nepal and India was demarcated as per Sugauli Treaty of 1816 and Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulek are Nepal’s territory as these areas are in the east of the Mahakali River.

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