Nepal expresses concern at undue delay at border points

  • Urges India for cooperation
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 26, 2015-

Nepal has expressed concern over the ‘undue delay’ in the movement and clearance of Nepal-bound cargo vehicles at the Indian side of the border. This is Nepal's first official reaction since the disruption of supplies began 3 days ago.

Issuing a press statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the delay has led to ‘significant decrease in the flow of essential goods to Nepal.’ It further said that reduced flow of essential supplies has been occurring since 23 September despite the security situation in Tarai remaining the same or even gradually improving.

“This decreased flow has been noted particularly since September 23, 2015 whereas the security situation in Terai has remained the same for more than a month and now has been improving gradually,” the statement read.

Hon’ble Minister for Health and Population and Minister in charge for Foreign Affairs Khaga Raj Adhikari on Friday had met Ambassador of India to Nepal on Friday and had requested the envoy for necessary cooperation.

“The situation of supply, however, has not improved ever since. Not a single cargo vehicle could enter Nepal through Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Krishnanagar and Nepalgunj checkpoints until 5 p.m. today (Saturday),” the statement said.

A handful of vehicles were allowed to enter Nepal through Mechi and Dhangadhi check point. “Due to this, the Nepalese people have begun to feel shortage of daily supplies on the eve of festive season,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“Given the friendly relations existing between the two countries, the Government of Nepal sincerely hopes that the Government of India will take all necessary steps at the earliest to ensure uninterrupted entry of vehicles carrying essential supplies to Nepal as before.”

The Government of Nepal also has sought to assure the Indian side that all security arrangements are in place for safe transport of the goods entering Nepal.

Published: 26-09-2015 19:27

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