Thursday, May 21, 2020

We are ready to hold talks with India: Government (Nepal issues new political map)

Suggestion from a leader with knowledge of foreign affairs to hold bilateral talks with mature diplomatic skills. If the talks with India had started as per the request, it would have reached another stage now.

Kathmandu: Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali has said that Nepal is ready to hold diplomatic dialogue with India on land encroachment and border issues. He also said that he was directly and indirectly urging India for bilateral dialogue. In the context of the border dispute, even the leaders of the main political parties and former foreign ministers have said that the only way to end the confrontation between Nepal and India is to hold bilateral talks using mature diplomatic skills. He said that the land could not be returned if only the map was released.
Reacting to the new political-administrative map of Nepal being made public by India calling it 'invalid' on Thursday, Foreign Minister Gyawali said that the new map was published after gathering. If the talks with India had started as requested, we would have reached another stage now." A date has also been proposed for the talks. Minister Gyawali said that India had replied that it would hold talks after the end of the Corona crisis in the last phase of the border dispute, adding, "But we are in favor of holding talks immediately." There is no other way to solve this problem than dialogue. '

Former Foreign Minister and Congress Joint General Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat stressed on the need to talk at the table with India by presenting facts and evidence through diplomatic channels.
Since we have to resolve through diplomacy, we have to be soft, polite in language and put things in the right place.
Just tell the people on the street, nothing should happen.  India has previously acknowledged that the Kalapani area is disputed. Accordingly, in the past, even when all border disputes were resolved elsewhere, the issue of sluggishness and black water was raised. RPP Chairman Prakash Chandra Lohani, who is also a former foreign minister, is of the opinion that India should be presented to explain and remind this. Nepal should try to establish the same thing now, 'he said. After India issued the map, Nepal protested and inaugurated a road in the same area.

Nepal sent a proposal to India for talks but no reply was received.
India ignored Nepal's objection to the road, which has been under construction for nearly 12 years, and the signing of an India-China trade agreement in 2015. One incident after another took place and Nepal only protested against it. Now, Nepal has made its concrete 'position' that this is its territory. All the parties represented in the parliament have agreed that this is the territory of Nepal. This has given the government the moral strength to speak strongly with India. Chairman of the Samajwadi Party, Upendra Yadav, who is also the former foreign minister, has suggested that the release of the map in such a favorable situation should not be used only as a weapon to shout slogans of extremism.

It would be great if you could return that territory, "he said." It should not be just a slogan of extremism.
The dispute over Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulek is directly between India and Nepal. It has been agreed to develop the trilateral point in this area and as a trade gateway between India and China. The Indian side understands that China has a 'backup' in issuing the new map to Nepal. Therefore, a mature dialogue with India and then China may be needed in the dispute over the Lipulek region. "We need to talk more with India first and create an environment for dialogue with China in the second phase," said Ram Karki, who is also the deputy chief It is important to keep the allies at the negotiating table. Only this can clear up the misunderstanding.  Karki stressed on the need for Nepal to focus on creating an atmosphere of dialogue without being provoked by the current situation.
He said that it would be appropriate to create an environment where people can talk from virtual meetings even if there is no direct talks. When it comes to talks, the Nepali side has been weak in the past. Nepal's biggest weakness in negotiations is the lack of institutional 'memory'. Therefore, the leaders say that preparations should be made in a mature manner while attending the talks. Allies have to worry about no data," Karki said.


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