In­dia pro­poses cross-bor­der reg­u­la­tion

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The fifth round meet­ing of the Em­i­nent Per­sons' Group (EPG) con­cluded in Kath­mandu this week with­out mak­ing any con­crete de­ci­sion. How­ever, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both the coun­tries pro­posed to re­move il­le­gally built struc­ture on the no-man's land. The fifth meet­ing held to of­fer rec­om­men­da­tions by study­ing the en­tire as­pects of Nepal-In­dia re­la­tions dis­cussed the Treaty of Peace and Friend­ship 1950, bor­der man­age­ment and se­cu­rity, na­tional in­ter­ests of both the coun­tries in a friend­lier man­ner, co­or­di­na­tor of Nepali group of EPG and for­mer For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Bhekh Ba­hadur Thapa said, ac­cord­ing to RSS. "We are as­sured we will not be in sta­tus quo in terms of the Treaty of Peace and Friend­ship," said Thapa, "Good ges­tures emerged to reach a con­clu­sion in the re­main­ing 10 months' ten­ure of the EPG." At a news con­fer­ence or­gan­ised to share in­for­ma­tion about the EPG meet­ing, co­or­di­na­tor Thapa said that ef­forts were un­der­way to give a new di­men­sion to any is­sue based on study. Stat­ing that pro­vi­sion of iden­tity card was com­pul­sory to the Nepalis and In­dian na­tion­als trav­el­ling by air, Thapa said that con­sul­ta­tions were go­ing on re­gard­ing the same pro­vi­sion to those trav­el­ling via land routes. In the meet­ing, is­sues of en­sur­ing bor­der se­cu­rity and mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble were in­ten­sively dis­cussed. Gen­eral is­sues to re­solve the bor­der dis­putes were also dis­cussed and the bor­der man­age­ment should be car­ried out based on in­ter­na­tional norms, EPG mem­ber from Nepal and law­maker Ra­jan Bhat­tarai said. The next meet­ing of the EPG is sched­uled on Novem­ber 11 and 12 in New Delhi, In­dia. In the meet­ing Nepal pro­posed re­mov­ing il­le­gal struc­tures built on no­man's land along the Nepal-In­dia bor­der Nepali side made the pro­posal to main­tain in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and en­sure sci­en­tific man­age­ment of the bor­der be­tween the two coun­tries. While Nepal-In­dia shares bor­der dis­putes in dif­fer­ent places, the il­le­gal struc­tures built on the no-man's land have also caused the dis­pute be­tween the two coun­tries. “The Nepali side had put forth all is­sues of con­tention in­clud­ing 1950 peace and friend­ship treaty with the In­dian side dur­ing the two-day EPG meet­ing held in Kath­mandu. Since they have not yet reached any con­clu­sion yet, it is not ap­pro­pri­ate to bring the is­sue to the pub­lic,” said one of the EPG mem­bers from Nepal.

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