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Nepal signs off new map including territory claimed by India

Christian Fernsby |
The upper house of Nepal’s parliament approved a new map of the country on Thursday including land controlled by India, in a row that has strained ties between the South Asian neighbours.

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India, which controls the region a slice of land including the Limpiyadhura, Lipulkeh and Kalapani areas to the west of Nepal has rejected the map, saying it was not based on historical facts or evidence.

Members in the 59-seat National Assembly, or upper house, voted 57-0 in favour of a constitutional amendment bill seeking to replace the old map, chairman of

he house Ganesh Prasad Timilsina said. The bill was passed by the lower house over the weekend.

“We have enough facts and evidence and we’ll sit (with India) to resolve the dispute through diplomatic negotiations,” law minister Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe told parliament.

The new map requires President Bidhya Devi Bhandari's approval.

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