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Nepal protests to India over road passing through disputed border area Lipulekh pass

The Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India.

Published: 11th May 2020 06:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2020 06:19 PM   |  A+A-

Demonstrators shout slogans and burn an effigies during a protest against India's newly inaugurated link road to the Chinese border. (Photo| AFP)

Nepalese demonstrators shout slogans and burn an effigies during a protest against India's newly inaugurated link road to the Chinese border. (Photo| AFP)

By PTI

KATHMANDU: Nepal on Monday handed over a diplomatic note to the Indian envoy here to protest against the construction of a key road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand.

The 80-Km new road inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday is expected to help pilgrims visiting Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet in China as it is around 90 kms from the Lipulekh pass.

The Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India.

Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory - India as part of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district and Nepal as part of Dharchula district.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinaya Mohan Kwatra met Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at his office, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

During the meeting, Gyawali conveyed to the Indian Ambassador the Nepal government's position on boundary issues.

"The ministry has handed over a diplomatic note to ambassador Kwatra," it said.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi on Saturday said the road lies well within the Indian territory.

"The recently inaugurated road section in Pithoragarh district in the state of Uttarakhand lies completely within the territory of India.

The road follows the pre-existing route used by the pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Under the present project, the same road has been made pliable for the ease and convenience of pilgrims, locals and traders," the MEA said in a statement.

The Nepal government raised objection to the construction of the road at the Lipulekh area by the government of India to connect to the Mansarovar of Tibet "unilaterally".

Nepal has claimed that the territory on which the road was constructed lies within its territory.

In a statement issued on May 9, the Nepalese Foreign Ministry said that "it has learnt with regret about the inauguration by India of the Link Road connecting Lipulekh that passes through Nepalese territory".

Addressing the Parliament on Sunday, Foreign Minister Gyawali said that the Kalapani border issue will be resolved with India through diplomatic initiatives.

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  • a.k.sehanobis

    An Appeal to Nepalese Govt. Don't do these against India.Surely,you are being prompted by China,whether in the long run is it good for you,for you to decide.China is expansionist,already they want to show Everest in Tibet.There are lot of Nepalese in India,in Darjeeling district,they are in majority.They are all eking their livings in India.I don't know how many Nepalese are there in China.I only hope,their should not be a counter demonstration.If you have any objection,it can be always sorted out thro' discussion,not the way you have chosen.
    4 months ago reply
    • asdasdad

      we dont want to associate ourselves with your dirty gutter nation. dhoti wearing scum.
      4 months ago reply
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