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Nepal and China to discuss border security next week

August 5, 2009

August 3, 2009

Dharamsala, Aug 3 -- Chinese and Nepalese
security authorities will hold a meeting next
week to discuss matters related to security along
the border between the two countries, reported Nepalese media.

Additional Inspector General Kishor Lama of the
Armed Police Force (APF) of Nepal will lead the Nepalese delegation.

Chief District Officers (CDOs) of various hill
and mountainous districts including Mustang,
Solukhumbu, Sindhuli, Taplejung, Dolakha and
Sankhuwasabha and security experts will be
included in the Nepali team. The delegation will
also include officials from Nepal Police, APF and
the National Investigation Department.

Tibetan authorities had closed the Korala Nechung
border point in Mustang district time and again
as they failed to come together for such meetings.

People living in upper Mustang trade with the
border towns of Tibet. The closure of the border
along that area had affected residents of
Chhoser, Chhunag, Chhonupu, Lomanthang, Ghami, Charang VDCs.

According to local businessmen, Chinese
authorities have restricted the movement of
Nepalis traders and visitors in the Tibetan
market for fear of anti-China activities.

Sundar Raj Adhikari, CDO of Mustang, said his
office has started issuing identity cards to
traders importing and exporting goods between Tibet and Nepal.

A report recently published by the US based
International Campaign for Tibet The ICT
documents the insecurity and danger for Tibetans
who enter India through Nepal which, it says, has
beefed up security at the border with Tibet by
deploying Armed Police Force under China’s
instruction. “Somewhere between 2,500 and 3,500
Tibetans are registered each year by the UNHCR as
"persons of concern" and provided assistance at
the Tibetan Refugee Reception Center in
Kathmandu.” However, since March 2008 only 652
Tibetans arrived safely at the Kathmandu
reception center last year and just over 300 Tibetans have arrived this year.

It also says that the Nepalese government has
adopted a hard line against expressions of the
Tibetan identity in Nepal, despite strong
cultural and religious ties among the Himalayan
peoples that have existed for centuries.
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