Nepal and India promise resolution of border dispute within 4 years
(9 January 2015)
The Kathmandu Post and the Republica, two of Nepal’s most important newspapers, reported on 6 January 2015 that India and Nepal have agreed to resolve their boundary dispute within four years. Resolution will involve constructing, restoring, and repairing over 3,000 damaged or missing boundary marking pillars and clearing the ‘no man’s land’ surrounding the official boundary line. The work is planned to commence in February 2015.
The news follows the formation of a Nepal-India Boundary Working Group in July 2014, which brought together surveyors from both Nepal and India to resolve issues along the joint border. The Boundary Working Group replaced the joint Nepal-India boundary committee established in 1981 and disbanded in 2007 after creating GPS maps of the border region.
The fieldwork in February will occur in every region aside from the Susta and Kalapani sections, which represent 40 km of the 1,741 km border. These especially contentious sections will be subject to negotiation by top officials before fieldwork proceeds.
Nepal, India to settle border dispute within 4 years, 6 January 2015, Business Standard, http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/nepal-india-to-settle-border-dispute-within-4-years-115010600564_1.html
Nepal aims to settle boundary dispute with India in 4 years, 6 January 2015, eKantipur.com, http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/01/06/capital/nepal-aims-to-settle-boundary-dispute-with-india-in-4-years/399964.html