The Government of Nepal has released a press release about the ongoing Lipu Lekh boarder controversies between India and Nepal on May 9 2020.
” The Government of Nepal has learnt with regret about the Inauguration ‘ by India of ” Link Road ” connecting to ‘ Lipu Lekh (Nepal), which passes through Nepali territory.
The Governintnt of Nepal has consistently maintained that nas per the Sunauli Treaty (1816),all the territories east ot Kali (Malukai) River including Limpiyadhura Kalapani and lipu Lekh belong
to Nepal. This was reiterated by the Government ot Nepal several times in the past and most
recently through a diplomatic note addressed to the Government of India dated 20 November 2019
in response to the new political map issued by the latter .
This unilateral act runs against the understanding reached between the two countries Including at
the level of Prime Ministers that a solution to boundary issues would be sought through
negotiation. The Government of Nepal remains committed to seek diplomatic solution to boundary
issues on He basis ot the historical treaty, documents, facts and maps in keeping with the spirit of close and friendly ties between the two countries.
In light ot this development. the Government ot Nepal calls upon the Government ol India to refrain
from carrying out any activity inside the territory of Nepal.
It may be recalled that the Government of Nepal had expressed its disagreement in 2015 through
Separate diplomatic notes addressed to the Government of both India and China When the two
sides agreed to include Lipu Lekh Pass as a bilateral trade route without Nepal’s consent in the joint Statement Issued on 15 May 2015 during the official visit of the Prime Minister of India to China .
The Government ol Nepal reesmphasize that pending boundary Issues between the two counties
should be resolved through diplomatic means. With this in mind the Government ot Nepal has
proposed twice the dates for holding the meating of the Foreign Secretaries the two countries as
mandated by their leaders ,for which the response from the Indian side is still awaited .
It may be noted that the two Governments had constituted the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Nepal-India Relations with mandate to recommend measures and institutional framework with
a view to elevating the existing relationship to a new height. The Group has concluded its task and
prepared consensus report. The Government ot Nepal is ready to receive the report and believes
that it will be in the Interest of the two countries to implement lts recommendations which will
also help address the outstanding Issues left by the history. there by paving the way for ever
Stronger neighbourly relations. ” stated in a press release by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Kathmandu Nepal.