April 5, 2017 06:39 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, April 5: The third meeting of the Members of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal India Relations (EPG-NIR) from Nepal and India has decided to revise the 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty.
The EPG meeting, which kicked off from Wednesday, has agreed to scrap the unequal provisions included in the 1950 treaty between Nepal and India. The treaty came into force at the time when the Rana regime in Nepal was at a faltering stage and the China was rising in the Tibet.
Most of the political parties are demanding the scrap of the treaty denouncing that almost all the provisions and articles of the treaty are unequal.
The members of EPG representing Nepali side include Dr Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, Nilamber Acharya, Rajan Bhattarai and Surya Nath and Upadhyay whereas Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Jayant Prasad, BC Upreti and Mahendra P. Lama are representing Indian side.
The third meeting of Nepal-India EPG had been put off two times in the past.
An agreement on establishing the EPG was reached in 2011 and the two countries agreed to prepare its terms of reference in 2014, when Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was in Kathmandu to attend a meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission.