India had sent a diplomatic note to Kathmandu, protesting against Nepal’s new mapNarayan Bidari, chair of the Delegated Rights Management and Government Assurance Committee of the National Assembly, says Foreign Ministry has informed the committee about Delhi’s protest note sent on June 24.
New Delhi had sent a diplomatic note to Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the KP Oli administration published a new political map of the country, depicting Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura as Nepali territories, according to a member of the National Assembly.
Narayan Bidari, who is also the chairman of the Delegated Rights Management and Government Assurance Committee of the National Assembly, said that the Ministry of Foeign Affairs told the meeting of the committee that Delhi on June 24 had sent a diplomatic note to Nepal, protesting against the move of publishing a new map including the territories that India claims as its own.
The Oli government unveiled the new political map of Nepal on May 20, which was later approved by both the Houses unanimously.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not said publicly about the protest note by India. Nor has Delhi revealed about sending the note.
“Rejecting the claims made by Nepal, India had sent a protest note to the Foreign Ministry on June 24 and we have received a copy of the letter,” said Bidari.
Hours after the Oli government published the new map, Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, had issued a statement, calling Nepal’s move a unilateral act “which is not based on historical facts and evidence.”
“Nepal’s publication of a new political map including Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura is cartographic assertion and contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue,” said Srivastava.
He, however, had stopped short of mentioning Nepal’s correspondence to Delhi to seek a date for diplomatic dialogue since November when India unveiled its new political map showing Kalapani within Indian borders.
The Oli government took a strong stance after Delhi announced a road link via Lipulekh to Kailas Mansarovar in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had handed over a diplomatic note to Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra, protesting India’s unilateral act of opening a road link via Nepali territory.