EPG rec­om­men­da­tions with­out ref­er­en­dum?

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The Em­i­nent Per­sons' Group from both Nepal and In­dia has com­piled a fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tion to be sub­mit­ted to the con­cerned gov­ern­ments to re­view all bi­lat­eral treaties in­clud­ing the treaty of 1950. From the begin­ning, we have been laud­ing for scrap­ping the 1950 treaty and scrap­ping the pro­vi­sion of keep­ing Nepal-In­dia bor­ders open. Open bor­ders have cre­ated many se­ri­ous prob­lems and it has become a se­ri­ous threat for cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism. In­dia her­self is blam­ing Nepal for the use of Nepali soil by in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups against In­dia and traf­fick­ing of fake In­dian cur­rency to In­dia through Nepali soil. But still, the In­di­ans are against the close down of the open bor­ders. From the begin­ning, we have been laud­ing for the hold­ing of a ref­er­en­dum to de­cide on amend­ment of such a sen­si­tive is­sue. If the gov­ern­ment has re­garded Nepali cit­i­zens as the source of sov­er­eign power, it should al­low the cit­i­zens to de­cide on such cru­cial is­sues in be­tween the two neigh­bours by hold­ing ref­er­en­dum. If the gov­ern­ment will hold such a ref­er­en­dum on bi­lat­eral is­sues be­fore ink­ing new treaties with In­dia, that will be wise and con­tro­versy will not arise be­tween the two coun­tries, we be­lieve.

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