KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli made a statement that his government will try to find a solution to the Kalapani issue through historical facts and documents by way of diplomatic efforts and dialogues.
Oli said on Wednesday, “We will get back the land occupied by India through holding a dialogue.”
He asserted that by building the Kali temple, India made “an artificial Kali river” and “encroached the Nepalese territory through deploying the Army” at Kalapani.
Oli made claims after the two countries have had an ongoing boundary battle. Recently India asked Nepal not to turn to “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims after Kathmandu created a new political boundary map claiming Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura.
The conflict between India and Nepal escalated on May 8th when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh constructed an 80km long road connecting the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand to Dharchula.
Nepal argued that the road ran through Nepalese territory, however, India denied the claims and said the road was completely within India’s territory.
Nepal claims Indian Army hasn’t removed its forces from Nepalese territory since 1962
According to Nepalese officials, Nepal had control of the disputed area in 1962 when the then Nepalese ruler gave the Indian Army permission to station there. Nepal claims this was a temporary favour during the India-China war and the forces were never removed.
The Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Shivamaya Tumbahanfe proposed a bill to incorporate a new political map in the Nepalese Constitution on May 31st.
Prime Minister Oli was glad to hear of the new efforts.
“Our ancestors founded and saved this country through their struggles. We will be able to establish our territorial integrity if we remain firm,” he said