KATHMANDU: The Government of Nepal has raised a serious objection to the recently-unveiled political map by the Government of India placing Nepal’s territory Kalapani inside the Indian borders.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the government’s attention has been drawn towards the media reports and comments over Nepali territory Kalapani while relating it with the new Indian political map.
“Kalapani is an integral part of Nepal,” the MoFA statement said adding, “The Government of Nepal firmly believes that Kalapani is a part of Nepal.”
According to the ministry, any unilateral actions along the Nepal-India border will not be acceptable to Nepal since the foreign secretaries of the two countries have already been assigned by the Nepal-India Joint Commission to find a solution on the unresolved border disputes in consultation with the border experts.
The statement further reads: “The remaining issues related to the border should be resolved in bilateral consensus and any unilateral actions will be acceptable to the Nepal government.”
The MOFA statement also says that the Government of Nepal is committed to protecting the country’s external borders and it is determined on its principled position that such border disputes with the neighboring countries should be resolved through diplomatic channels after assessing the historical documents, facts, and evidence.”