The Centre on Thursday allied Nepal’s fears about India trying appropriate its territory in the new map. Reacting on Nepal’s claim that the new map of India ‘incorrectly’ depicted Kalapani area situated in the country’s far-West lies within the Indian boundary, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the boundaries with Nepal remain unchanged in the new map.
“Our map accurately depicts the sovereign territory of India. The new map has in no manner revised our boundary with Nepal,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told media.
He, however, added that the boundary delineation exercise with Nepal was ongoing under the existing mechanism. “We reiterate our commitment to finding a solution through dialogue in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations. At the same time, both countries should guard against vested interests trying to create differences between our two countries.
On Wednesday, the Nepal government had said that the Kalapani area was an integral part of its boundary. A report in the Nepalese media said Kalapani was a part of the Darchula district of Nepal while the new Indian map, released on Saturday, placed it under the Pithoragarh district in the state of Uttarakhand.
“Nepal government is committed to protecting its international border and any border-related issue relating to the two friendly countries need to be resolved through a diplomatic channel on the basis of historical documents and evidence,” the Nepal government said in a statement on Wednesday.
India on Saturday released fresh maps of the newly created Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh and the map of India depicting these UTs. In the maps, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is part of the newly created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan is in the Union Territory of Ladakh.