Nepal backs out on its new political map, resolves to negotiate with India

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Nepal appears to have set aside its decision to make a constitutional amendment to its recently published new political map of Nepal declaring the Indian side of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh areas as its integral part.

The government of Nepal has proposed to make an amendment to its constitution to this effect. But surprisingly, it has removed the proceedings of the Constitutional amendment today from the agenda of Parliament temporarily owing to the set back it received from political and diplomatic relations with India.

The decision to this effect was taken at an all-party meeting chaired by Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday which has resolved to sort out by negotiating with India which has rejected Nepal’s claim stating that: “This unilateral action is not based on historical facts and evidence. It is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue. Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India,” the Indian external affairs ministry said on May 20, 2020. (Source: India Defence News)