United Nations will neither use nor officially endorse the new Nepal map

Even the Nepal government, led by KP Sharma Oli, has plans to send a new Nepali map, which shows Indian territories as Nepali, to the United Nations, a New York-based intergovernmental body in its official practices. Will not use The United Nations website will also not show the region and the territories claimed by Nepal as Nepali territory.

The reason for this is that the United Nations prints its own maps and every map comes with a disclaimer. A person on a United Nations map states, “The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not constitute official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations”.

The U.N. does not use maps of India, Pakistan, or China, or any territory for that matter, which is claimed but largely goes by its administration. However, as a part of diplomatic protocol, Kathmandu will accept this body whenever it sends it.

The new Nepali map depicts the Indian regions of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as its own. India had reacted strongly to the development, calling it a “unilateral act”.

It is interesting that previous maps submitted by Nepal never included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani. In some sense, while Nepal will be sending an updated map, it will formally state that it is indulging in cartographic claims, as New Delhi stated.

The new Nepal map was announced with an executive decision by the government led by KP Sharma Oli. Constitutional amendment by the Parliament of Nepal to give legal support to its coat of arms showing a new map earlier this year.

Foreign Ministry (MEA) spokesman Anurag Srivastava said at the time that the map was “not based on historical facts and evidence.”

He added, “This is contrary to bilateral understanding to resolve outstanding border issues through diplomatic negotiations. Such artificial extension of territorial claims will not be accepted by India.” Since then, relations between the two governments have declined.

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