. The political parties have strongly expressed the view that the Kalapani region encroached by India is part of Nepal and should be brought back through talks and diplomatic initiatives. An all-party meeting with former prime ministers held at the PM’s residence in Baluwatar on Wednesday reached such a conclusion.
After the meeting, Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali said, “There is a strong opinion that the Kalapani region is the land of Nepal. We support the government’s stand on Kalapani. ” He said that the former prime minister and party leaders had also expressed their commitment to support the government’s efforts to reclaim the encroached Kalapani area.
According to him, the leaders also urged the people to take effective diplomatic steps to take back Nepal’s territory. As the problem can be solved only with the unity and support of the people, the leaders suggested that the government should focus on that.
During the meeting, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said, “Nepal, which was built and saved by our forefathers, should be saved now.” Quoting Prime Minister Oli, Foreign Minister Gyawali said, “We do not need to fight any more. We must stand firm on the achievements we have made in the past. ” Prime Minister Oli has expressed confidence that the government will move forward with all the political parties and the people to resolve the border dispute including the Kalapani area.
Prime Minister Oli said, “We want good friendship with India, but for that, the protection of Nepal’s territory and national interest is paramount.” He said that diplomatic initiatives and talks were the only effective way to resolve the Kalapani issue and called for immediate talks.
In the meeting, Prime Minister Oli expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the unprecedented unity of the parties in the national interest and expressed confidence that the unity would be maintained. Talking on the occasion, Minister Gyawali said that the government has been taking continuous initiatives to resolve the Nepal-India border issue, adding that the Indian government has postponed the talks citing Corona’s reasons. He said, “Even India has admitted that the survey has not been completed yet. We are waiting for the answer after that. ”
He said that no work should be done unilaterally in the areas where the boundary measurement has not been completed. He also said that both Nepal and India were ready to hold talks at the level agreed upon. He said, “We want to hold quick talks with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Secretary, formal and informal levels.” This problem should not be taken too far. That creates unnecessary problems in the relations between the two countries. ”
He also informed that the government has started administrative presence in Kalapani area. He said, “A border security post of the Armed Police has been set up. You have also started road construction. ” He added, “The Nepali government does not have a presence in the areas that India has encroached on at different times, but we will have our presence there after the talks are over.” He added, “Once the problem is solved, where the people living in the encroached areas want to go is their choice.”
But there is no doubt that the territory belongs to Nepal. ” He said that Article 5 of the Sugauli Treaty defines the western border of Nepal as the Mahakali River and he has clear facts and evidence in this regard. He said that the issue given to India for burying ‘River and Pillar’ was not appropriate for him and that it would be reviewed. After the meeting, Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that the lands east of the Mahakali River including Lipulek, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani belonged to Nepal.
He said that Indian troops should withdraw from the encroached Nepali land and Nepal’s uninterrupted rights should remain uninterrupted. He said that the government should take high-level diplomatic and political initiatives to return the Nepali territory east of the border river Mahakali and would be fully with the Nepali Congress for that. He also suggested finding a long-term solution through high-level diplomatic initiatives. He stressed that the SCC should also be passed, adding that if the decisions taken by the previous government were not implemented, problems would be added in the coming days.