Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs shows their objection and responses to the media queries on the revised map of Nepal released today by the Government of Nepal by saying that the map included Indian territory and such artificial enlargement of territorial claims would not be accepted by India.
In this regard, the Official Spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Anurag Srivastava said, " The Government of Nepal has released a revised official map of Nepal today that includes parts of Indian territory. This unilateral act 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.”
Srivastava also added, “Nepal is well aware of India’s consistent position on this matter and we urge the Government of Nepal to refrain from such unjustified cartographic assertion and respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We hope that the Nepalese leadership will create a positive atmosphere for diplomatic dialogue to resolve the outstanding boundary issues."
He asked Nepal to respect India's sovereignty and territorial integrity, hoping that the Nepalese leadership will create a positive atmosphere for diplomatic dialogue to resolve the outstanding boundary issues.
The new map was released by Nepal's Land Reforms Minister Padma Aryal during a televised press conference in Kathmandu.
The Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India. Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory - India as part of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district and Nepal as part of the Dharchula district.
India has maintained that the road section in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand lies completely within its territory.
Whereas, Nepal last week had handed over a diplomatic note to protest against India inaugurating a key road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand.