Nepal is batting for international attention to its recently revised map which shows Uttarakhand’s Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as a part of its territory.
“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 by the middle of this month,” Padma Aryal, Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviations told ANI.
His Ministry has asked the Department of Measurement to print around 4,000 maps with the claimed areas to send to the international community.
Until now, the Department of Measurement has printed 25,000 copies of the map for distribution across the Himalayan nation. The Department is giving the map for free for Government departments and agencies while the locals can buy it for 50 Nepalese Rupees. The Nepalese government made this fresh claim on May 20, an event which India has slammed to be ‘untrue and not based on historical facts and evidence.’
The Indian government has also said that such border issues need to be solved diplomatically through dialogue.
Nepal has been India’s close ally for centuries and many Nepalese work in India for long periods of time. With border disputes on both the east and west frontiers currently underway, this fresh new issue is something that can be negotiated and hopefully solved.