Govt says talks on with India, China on Lipulek

KATHMANDU: The government has made it clear that it has posited its views on recent Lipulek controversies to both neighbours- India and China- through diplomatic channel, and further dialogues are underway.

At a meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Thursday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said the government is firm on solving sensitive issues associated with the diplomatic relations including borders with the neighbouring friendly countries through diplomatic channels.

"I want to make the Parliament aware that Nepal government does not make any compromise on Nepal's sovereignty, territorial integrity and national independence," he said at the Parliament meeting on Thursday.

Nepal is firmly for sovereignty, independence, democracy, prosperity and stability in the neighbours and in the world, he said, adding, "It is our firm belief that the joint statement issued by India and China on Lipulek will not deviate from neighbourly thoughts and spirits."

According to him, the continuous respect of the neighbours on Nepal's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity is laudable. The relations with the neighburs are maintained based on sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, mutual interest and equality, he underscored.

Nepal's foreign policy is guided by the principles of Panchasheel, and objectives and principles mentioned in the UN Charter. The relations with the neighbours are taken with highest importance, he said.

He also recalled the Nepal-India foreign minister-level joint commission meeting held in Kathmandu last year, and the agreement for addressing border related issues at the earliest.The government is doing internal works accordingly, he claimed.

Foreign Minister Pandey posited the government's views before the Parliament meeting after the parliamentarians sought information from the government on the May 15 joint statement of China and India on Lipulek border point. The Speaker had directed the government to furnish views on it.