Responding to Nepal’s objection that the Kalapani area has been shown as part of India’s territory in the new political map, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Thursday, 7 November, said that the new map “has in no way revised India’s boundary with Nepal.”
The Nepal government on Wednesday made it clear that the Kalapani area situated in the country's far West lies within the Nepalese boundary, days after India issued new political maps reportedly showing the region as part of its territory.
The MEA, in a statement said,
“Our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India. The new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal. The boundary delineation exercise with Nepal is ongoing under the existing mechanism. We reiterate our commitment to find a solution through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations.”
India on Saturday, 2 November, had released fresh maps of the newly created Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and the map of India depicting these new UTs.
In the maps, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is part of the newly created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan is in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The Nepalese government has said that media reports drew its attention to the Kalapani area being included in India’s new map.
The Nepal government is clear that the Kalapani area lies within Nepalese territory, the Nepalese Foreign Ministry said.
"During foreign secretary-level joint meetings, responsibility has been assigned to the foreign secretaries of both the countries to resolve the remaining border-related issues between Nepal and India in consultation with concerned technicians," it said in a statement, PTI reported.
All the outstanding issues relating to the border between the two countries need to be resolved through mutual understanding and any unilateral move is unacceptable to the Nepal government, the ministry said.
“Nepal government is committed to protect its international border and any border-related issue relating to the two friendly countries need to be resolved through diplomatic channels on the basis of historical documents and evidence.”Nepalese Foreign ministry
Indian embassy officials in Kathmandu were not immediately available for comment.
A report in Nepalese local media said Kalapani was a part of the Darchula district of Nepal while the Indian map places it under the Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.
When contacted, Nepalese Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Suresh Adhikari said that the ministry was trying to find out the truth.
Director at the Department of Land Measurement of the Nepalese Government Kamal Ghimire said the map was published by government of India for its internal use, and not for international border demarcation.
“Map meant for demarcation of international boundary should be sketched in a larger scale,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)