5th EPG meeting kicks off in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: The fifth meeting of the Nepal-India Eminent Persons Group (EPG) has started in Kathmandu today.

“At the meeting, Nepal will present its opinion along with comments on the proposal relating to the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship that was tabled in the previous meeting by Indian EPG member Jayant Prasad,” said a member.

“EPG member from Nepal Surya Prasad Upadhyay will present a working paper on Nepal-India cooperation and utility on water resources,” the member added.

The meeting will also discuss Nepal-India border security management, the subject to issue identity cards for citizens of both the countries to enter the border by road and keeping record of those entering Nepal from India and vice versa by road.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Professor Mahendra P Lama, BC Upreti, coordinator Dr Bheikh Bahadur Thapa, former secretary and Chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Surya Nath Upadhyay, former Minister Nilambar Acharya and lawmaker Dr Rajan Bhattarai among others were present in the meeting.

Former Indian envoy to Nepal Jayant Prasad, who is also the member of the group, could not attend the meeting due to health reasons.

The EPG was formed with an aim to suggest the governments to strengthen the bilateral ties and review the past treaties and agreements including the 1950 treaty between Nepal and India after detail study in the respective fields.