India said Nepal’s action violated an agreement between the two countries.
Ahead of the Nepalese Foreign Minister’s visit to New Delhi where his talks are expected to focus on the border, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said his country would not compromise on sovereign equality in its engagement with the ‘India or China.
“The region (of) Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani is the territory of Nepal, is (a) very sacred part of Nepal,” said Mr. Oli, 68, as quoted by WION news channel.
“We are not in a position to claim the territory of China or India. But we have to claim our territory with our friends,” said Oli, who sparked the border dispute last year after his government released a new political map which showed the three Indian territories as part of Nepal.
His remarks came just two days before Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali visited New Delhi on January 14 – Nepal’s top political leader to visit India after the strain in bilateral ties.
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On Sunday, Mr. Oli said that Gyawali’s talks in New Delhi would focus on the border issue.
After Nepal released the map last year, India reacted sharply, calling it a “unilateral act” and warning Kathmandu that such an “artificial expansion” of land claims would not be acceptable to it.
India said Nepal’s action violated an agreement between the two countries to resolve border issues through talks.
“I believe 2021 will be the year when we can declare that there are no problems between the two countries – Nepal and India,” Oli said.
He also offered to resolve the disputes between India and China, the channel said in a press release.
“If we can play a decisive role in supporting them, helping them solve the problems, we are ready,” said Mr. Oli.
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Regarding the domestic political crisis that led him to recommend the dissolution of the House of Representatives, Oli accused former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” of a split within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal.
He also defended his decision to dissolve the chamber, saying his actions were aimed at preventing Nepal from being pushed into instability and the horse trade.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives in December on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli and announced midterm general elections in April-May, a move called “unconstitutional, impulsive and autocratic” by the opposition and the faction led by Prachanda in the ruling Nepalese Communist Party.
“Their positions (of the Prachanda faction) are still present in my party. My second president is Pushpa Kamal Dahal – even now the top leaders are Jhala Nath Khanal and Madhav Nepal – even now. If they come, I can forgive them, ”said Mr. Oli said, apparently offering an olive branch to his rival faction.
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Mr Oli also claimed that parts of India were hatching a plot to remove him from office, but he ruled out Chinese participation in Nepal’s domestic politics.
“We love our independence and our freedom to decide our internal affairs, and we don’t want any kind of interference from outside, north or south,” Oli said, referring to China and the United States. ‘India.
In December, China sent a high-level four-member delegation to Nepal to avoid a split in the NCP. The team – headed by Communist Party of China vice minister Guo Yezhou – held separate meetings with several senior NCP leaders before returning home with little success in their mission.
India described Mr. Oli’s sudden decision to dissolve parliament and call for new elections as an “internal matter” that the country must decide in accordance with its democratic processes.