India calls Nepal”s new map unjustified cartographic assertion

India on Wednesday reacted angrily to Nepal showing Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani as Nepalese territory in a new map, saying such “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims will not be acceptable and asked the neighbouring country to refrain from such “unjustified cartographic assertion”

India”s reaction came hours after the Nepal government released a revised political and administrative map of the country laying claim over the strategically key areas along the border between the two countries.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the revised map of Nepal included parts of the Indian territory and asked Kathmandu to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“This unilateral act is not based on historical facts and evidence. It is contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue. Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India,” he said.

He said Nepal is well aware of India’s consistent position on the matter.

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