Exchange of notes won’t work; take concrete steps to resolve Lipu Lekh issue with India, China: Prachanda

China, too, is involved

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May 10, 2020

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Exchange of notes won’t work; take concrete steps to resolve Lipu Lekh issue with India, China: Prachanda

Chairman of Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal speaking at the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee. (Photo: RSS)

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KATHMANDU: Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has emphasized the need to seek alternative measures to resolve the ongoing border disputes provided the diplomatic efforts with India bear no fruits.

He also said border issues with India and China need to be resolve once and for all.

Speaking at the meeting of State Affairs and Good Governance Committee under House of Representative, former Prime Minister Dahal reiterated the need of resolving border disputes with India through diplomatic channels and high-level political talks.

“Nepal should ponder on the move it has to take provided both the high level political talk and the diplomatic channels fail to bear the desired output,” Prachanda said.

He labeled the current dispute at Lipu Lekh as a trilateral issue.

“After India’s construction of road via Lipu Lekh to the Chinese border, China has also become a party in dispute,” he said adding, “This needs to be settled at a trilateral understanding.”

According to him,  the dispute originated with India’s faulty map that had included Nepali land in it. “The construction of the road in the land that they have brought under dispute has aggravated the situation,” he added.

While most of the lawmakers at the committee demanded the issue to be taken to international court, Prachanda said that there is no need to take it to the international court yet.

He also shared that he has spoken to Prime Minister KP Oli about it. “I have spoken to PM Oli about the issue and suggested him to initiate actions to resolve the issue at political and diplomatic level,” he further added.

Dahal also concluded that as the issue has reached a serious mode, merely exchange of letters cannot resolve it, hence it needs a decisive action.

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