The Nepal government is preparing to send the newly updated map, which includes Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura as its integral part, to the international community by mid-August, a minister said on Saturday.
“We will be sending the updated map including Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura to various UN agencies and the international community including India. The process will be completed in the middle of this month,” the Minister for Land Management, Padma Aryal said.
Aryal also said that the Nepal government is preparing to publish a book including the ‘encroached territories’ of Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura.
The country’s Department of Measurement was asked to print 4,000 copies of the updated map in English language and send it to the international community.
So far, the department has printed 50,000 copies which have been distributed across the nation. Provincial and other public offices will be given copies free of cost while rest can buy the updated version of the map for Nepali Rupees 50.
On 20 May, the Nepal government released the revised political and administrative map incorporating the disputing territories. Strongly reacting to the Nepal government, Indian authorities claimed that Nepal’s unilateral decision was not based on historical facts and evidence.
India has said that Nepal’s unilateral action is “not based on historical facts and evidence.”
India also said that the move is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue and “such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India”.
China and Nepal have treated each other as equals: Xi Jinping
China and Nepal have always treated each other as “equals”, said Chinese President Xi Jinping as he and Premier Li Keqiang exchanged greetings with their Nepali counterparts, President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Oli, on the anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries on Saturday.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 65 years ago, the have always respected and treated each other as equals, enhanced political mutual trust, and deepened mutually beneficial cooperation,” said a translated version of Xi’s statement issued by the Chinese MFA.
The MFA also quoted from a letter that Nepal’s President Bhandari had sent Xi in which she welcomed China’s moves to “build a community with a shared future for mankind” and committed to cooperating in their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects that include several tunnels, a railway line from Tibet and power projects in Nepal.