GAESO welcomes Nepal govt's official proposal to review tripartite agreement concerning British Gurkhas
February 27, 2020 05:10 PM NPT
By: Kamal Subedi
KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen's Organisation (GAESO) on Thursday welcomed the Nepal government's official proposal to review the tripartite agreement reached among Nepal, India and the UK back in 1947 concerning the British Gurkha soldiers.
Organizing a press meet in the capital, GAESO also expressed its confidence that demands raised by the Gurkhas will be addressed as soon as the Nepal government formally writes to the UK government.
Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) had officially proposed a review of the 1947 agreement between Nepal, India and Britain over the recruitment and deployment of Gurkha personnel and their perks and facilities.
The MoFA had sent a letter to the British government, seeking a review of the tripartite deal.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had raised the issue of Gurkhas with the then UK PM Theresa May during his meeting in London in June last year.
Nepal government wrote to the British government amid continued pressure on it by the Gurkha veterans.
The Gurkha veterans have served a March 15 deadline to form a joint negotiation team between the two countries as per the recommendations made by a joint task force in 2018 on resolving the long-delayed issue.