Ministry objects to ‘mutual diplomatic briefings’

  • Following briefing by Indian ambassador, US Marine Corps apprise Western diplomats
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 7, 2015-

The Foreign Ministry has taken exception to “mutual diplomatic briefings” conducted by some Kathmandu-based missions in the aftermath of the earthquake.

On May 4, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae briefed the diplomatic community including heads of missions from China and EU on India’s ongoing assistance to Nepal.

On Thursday, the US Marine Corps also conducted similar kind of briefing at the American Recreation Center in Jamal where diplomatic representatives from Western nations were present. The American team briefed on the situation after the quake and ongoing relief and rescue operations.

Ahead of the briefing, the Indian side had informed the South Asia division of the ministry. “But we don’t have any prior knowledge about the American briefing,” said a senior ministry official.

“This rarely happens outside,” said the official. “If they need to apprise, they should take prior consent and ensure the participation of a Nepal government  representative.”

“This violates the Geneva Convention,” said officials. The convention deals with diplomatic immunity, privileges and what diplomatic missions and diplomats can and cannot do.

US Embassy officials conveyed to the ministry that it was an informal briefing to the Western nations about American efforts in Nepal after the disaster. “They can release statements to publicise their efforts,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tara Pokhrel.

“It would be difficult if China, the European Union and do the same in future,” said the official. “Our friends should respect the geopolitical sensitively of Nepal and diplomatic norms.”

Published: 08-05-2015 09:13

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