Mapping of Indo-Nepal border underway: Foreign Ministry

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Kathmandu, Dec 29 (UNI) The Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the works are underway on the scientific mapping of the Nepal-India boundary on the basis of historic agreements and international law and principles since 1981.

''The joint technical teams from Nepal and India have just completed the scientific strip mapping of about 98 per cent of the Nepal-India border over the last several years based on scientific facts and historic documents in a spirit of mutual understanding,'' a press release from the Ministry said.

The Ministry said the joint team had also agreed that the Susta area and the Kalapani are yet to be resolved.

''Both Nepal and India have further agreed to hold continuous discussions at various levels to expeditiously resolve those remaining two areas through further examination of all relevant field studies. This is an ongoing bilateral process.'' The Ministry stated that until the resolution of the two areas on the basis of a mutual agreement, both sides have acknowledged the need for the maintenance of the status quo and tranquility in the border areas.

The government of Nepal was committed to and continuously engaged in resolving the remaining areas through a free and frank dialogue with the Government of India at technical as well as diplomatic levels, it added.

In view of the recent concerns expressed by various sides on the issues of the Nepal-India border, Foreign Minister, Foreign Secretary and the Director General of the Department of Survey and members of the Legislative Parliament in the Parliamentary Committee on International Relations recently visited the area.

UNI

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