Joint Nepal-India team addressing Kalapani issue, says MoFA

Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Kathmandu, May 10:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has made it clear that the matters relating to demarcation of boundary between Nepal and India, including the issue of Kalapani, is being looked into by a joint technical committee between the two countries and will be resolved bilaterally between Nepal and India in the spirit of bilateral understanding and cooperation.

The ministry was responding to some media reports and write-ups citing issue of Kalapani in the border protocol between the governments of India and China concluded during the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to India in April.

The Foreign Ministry has, in a press release issued here today, said that the government of China has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that “there is no concern belonging to Kalapani” among the documents signed between China and India during the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to India.

The information provided by the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu has further said: “Chinese side always holds the view that the problem of Kalapani between Nepal and India should be resolved through friendly bilateral consultation” and “the Chinese side fully understands the concerns of the Nepali side and respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nepal”, adds the release.

The ministry has urged all to refrain from commenting on the matter in any manner that may affected Nepal’s friendly ties with its neighbours.