Source: The Hitavada (Nepali Paper)
IN AN attempt to show its presence, China has put up fences and wires in Nepal’s territory in Humla district, according to a report by a study panel formed by the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs. Citing Ministry of Home Affairs, Kathmandu Post reported that a host of issues has been identified along the Nepal-China border in Humla. The panel led by Joint-secretary Jay Narayan Acharya submitted its report after conducting an on-field study to Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand in the last week of September.
It has made a dozen recommendations, identifying the problems along the Nepal-China border in Humla, from border pillar numbers 4 to 13, the publication said. According to the report, since the 1963 Boundary Protocol has marked the area from pillar number 5 (2) to the middle of the Kit Khola as the boundary between the two countries, the territory belongs to Nepal. “But it has been found that the Chinese side has put up wires and fencing in the Nepali territory,” stated the report cited by Kathmandu Post.
“The Chinese side was also trying to build a permanent canal 145 metres inside the Nepali territory. Accordingly, it wanted to build a road. After Nepal’s Armed Police Force’s objections, the structures were destroyed and the covered rubble was visible.” it added. Furthermore, the report said, the Chinese side has fenced and wired pillar 6 (1), which lies in the Nepali territory, and “attempted to” show its presence in the areas between pillar 6 (1) and pillar 5 (2).
“It was learnt that pillar 7(2), on the Chinese side, was not visible and it could not be found when local security officials from Nepal searched for it,” the report stated. It added that it was found that the 1963 Boundary Protocol has been breached as the Chinese side has erected fences towards pillar 10, which is 32 metres from Nepal-China common pillar 9(2). The panel report also said that the Chinese side has also been obstructing Nepali citizens from grazing their cattle in the areas between pillar 5 (2) and pillar 4.