Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Monday that the ongoing border disputes with India will be resolved through diplomatic talks. Although Nepal and India held ministerial-level talks in New Delhi last month, the two sides could not hammer out the differences after the Himalayan nation unveiled a new map in May 2020.
KP Sharma Oli made the remarks at a seminar titled ‘Nepal’s International Border Security and Areas of Coordination among Border Management related Agencies‘, organised by the Nepal Army.
KP Sharma Oli, who is also the defence minister, argued that relations with neighbouring nations could be made cordial and emboldened only on the basis of facts, equality, respect, and justice and not on hegemonic measures.
“In order to consolidate the Nepal-India ties in a cordial manner, we had to print the map and talk to India. Our relations could turn cordial by only returning our territory through dialogue. Border disputes are prevailing in Susta and Kanchanpur,” KP Sharma Oli said.
Addressing the seminar, KP Sharma Oli said the open and friendly dialogue would be held with India regarding the issue of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani based on facts and evidence.
“We must retain our territory. Both nations should consider fact and truth in maintaining relations. Are both the countries in a position to claim other’s territory?” he questioned.
“There have been some historically-unsolved border problems. The issue of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani has remained unaddressed for the past 58 years. We were forced to get displaced silently when the then ruler did not dare to speak up against the intrusion,” KP Sharma said.