Nepal govt urges local media not to exaggerate Indo-Nepal issue

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Kathmandu, Jan 10 (UNI) Nepal government has asked the media to exercise caution while reporting on the Indo-Nepal border issue.

''The efforts have been made at top political level and diplomatic sector to find an appropriate resolution to Nepal-India border issue,'' the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

It pointed out some reports published in Kathmandu daily newspapers have drawn attention have created confusion over the matter.

''In today's issue of national daily Rajdhani, an incorrect news under the headline 'Sustama Sena Awashyak' (Force is needed in Susta), has been published stating that the Minister for Foreign Affairs said there was a situation in which police and army should be mobilised for security," it said in a statement issued here today.

''This is not the fact and the Ministry expresses serious objection to the news item,'' it added.

''Minister for Foreign Affairs had informed that she had put the matters relating to the demand of residents of Susta for the presence of state in their area in the meeting of Council of Ministers and discussion has been taking place in the Council of Minister in this regard,'' the statement said.

''Publishing news by exaggerating the issues that have not been told would create confusion and may put adverse effect on cordial relations existing between the two friendly neighbouring countries,'' it said.

''The news published today by 'Naya Patrika' stating that the Minister for Foreign Affairs used the words ''Atikraman nabhannu bharat risaunchha'' (don't say encroachment India becomes angry) in yesterday's meeting of parliamentary Agriculture and Cooperative Committee on the issue of Nepal-India border is incorrect,'' the statement said, adding ''the Ministry of Foreign Affairs fully refutes the development.'' UNI XC RJ RS1449

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