India Strikes Back, Says Nepal Makes Unfounded Claims | India News
While India has refrained from speaking publicly on the issue so far, the Cabinet of Nepal’s approval of the map followed by Prime Minister KP Oli’s address to Parliament in which he said his government was going to “take back” the land and the publication of the map brought the fight over the issue of limits to a head.
MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said what Nepal had done was contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve pending border issues through diplomatic dialogue.
“Such an artificial expansion of land claims will not be accepted by India,” he said.
The government said that Nepal was well aware of India’s consistent position on this matter and urged the government of Nepal to refrain from such “unwarranted mapping claim and to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
“We hope that the Nepalese leadership will create a positive atmosphere for diplomatic dialogue to resolve pending border problems,” added the official.
The map released by Nepal on Wednesday showed that Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh Pass in the Pithoragarh district of India belong to Nepal.
India appears to be particularly upset by the fact that Nepal did not wait for the dialogue at the Foreign Secretary level, despite the Indian government having assured Kathmandu that the talks would take place once the Covid threat was addressed. 19. Nepal, however, says it has been seeking dialogue on the issue since November last year.
Oli had said on Tuesday that Nepal was forced to act after India opened a path to the Lipulekh strategic pass near the triple union with China. India and Nepal have differences on where the Kali River originates, which is supposed to act as the western border of Nepal. However, India says that Nepal should have no problem with the road intended for pilgrims and merchants as it lies west of the river. Nepal claims that the Indian army forcibly took control of the area in 1962 by deploying its army there.
Oli, in fact, appears to have further irritated India by stating in the same Parliament speech, from which more details emerged on Wednesday, that the coronavirus from India was “more lethal” than that from China or Italy. He also said that Indians who entered Nepal illegally were responsible for the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Nepal is among the countries to which India has donated the antimalarial drug HCQ to treat the new coronavirus. A few days ago, he also sent 30,000 test kits to Nepal for which Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali publicly thanked India.
“Coronaviruses from India are more lethal than those from China and Italy,” he said.
“Those who come from India through illegal channels are spreading the virus in the country and some local representatives and party leaders are responsible for bringing people from India without proper evidence,” said Oli.