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India and Nepal in contact for border talks this month | India News

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NEW DELHI: India remains in contact with Nepal for a Boundary Working Group (BWG) meeting later this month, official sources said.
While the two sides are also discussing a proposal for a visit by Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla to Nepal soon, sources said there was no final decision on the issue yet. India has consistently maintained, following Nepal’s decision to publish a new map showing the Indian territories on it, that Kathmandu it has to create the right conditions for a dialogue at the level of the foreign secretary.
Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane visited Nepal earlier this month. Nepal has also proposed dates for a BWG meeting in late November. The meeting is important to take stock of the situation in the areas where the border is located. The Kalapani dispute is unlikely to feature in the BWG meeting. As the officials said, the BWG is a sectoral technical mechanism run by the survey departments of the two countries and its mandate is to carry out boundary field work in areas where a mutually agreed strip map has already been prepared.
India is upset with Nepal’s decision to unilaterally issue a new map and for rushing through its validation process in parliament without regard for Indian sentiments. Nepal, however, says it has been seeking talks between foreign ministers since November last year, after India issued its own new political map needed by the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir. If the foreign secretary visits Nepal, the two sides will have a chance to discuss the Kalapani dispute for the first time since the border line broke out late last year.

Times of India

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