Nepalese youth organisations submit memorandum to Indian embassy

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Kathmandu, Dec 25 (UNI) Youth organisations, affiliated to Seven-Party Alliance, submitted a memorandum to the Indian Embassy here, demanding immediate return of the encroached land in the Susta area.

The four-point memorandum has charged India with attempting to encroach upon Nepalese territory during the period of transition and political instability.

The Indian government should immediately address their demands, the memorandum stated.

They also have demanded rehabilitation of Nepalese people who were settled in the encroached lands, the Rising Nepal reported here.

''Scientific demarcation of the bordering lands between the two countries should be done as per the historical maps,'' the memorandum said, adding that the encroached territories in 54 different areas of 21 districts should be given back and the bilateral bordering areas should be regulated.

''There is inter-governmental mechanism to discuss all such issues between the two countries and the issues are being discussed under the same mechanism,'' counsellor at the Indian Embassy Gopal Bagale said.

So far as the issue of Susta was concerned, the problem was created when the course of the local river in the bordering area changed every year and it should be solved at the local level, he added.

Expressing concern over the situation, Nepali Cogress spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC said the government should find out the reality regarding the border encroachment with the help of scientific mapping procedures in the bordering areas between the two countries.

''The government should initiate diplomatic steps to settle the issue,'' he added.

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