July 8, 2017 12:30 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, July 8: Nepal and China have agreed to establish a joint action center in Rasuwa to ensure cooperation between the two countries in border law enforcement.
The two countries agreed to establish the Nepal-China Border Law Enforcement Cooperation Joint Action Center during a meeting between Chief District Officer (CDO) of Rasuwa, Chomendra Neupane and Local Security Officer of China's Jilong County, Colonel Gao Huihai.
According to a press statement issued by assistant CDO of Rasuwa, Smita Poudel, the joint action center aims at ensuring cooperation in border security management for the mutual benefit, while respecting sovereignty of both the countries. The two countries signed the Terms of Reference and jurisdiction of the Center during the meeting.
As per the agreement reached between the two countries, the Center will consist of Nepal Police personnel, Armed Police Force (APF) personnel and immigration employees. The body will work to control cross-border crimes, terrorism and illegal movement of people and enhance exchange information to ensure peace and tranquility in the bordering areas.
According to the agreement, the mechanism can even be dissolved if there arises any dissatisfaction over its functioning. However, the side desiring the dissolution needs to issue a written notice before any such decision is taken. There is a provision to review its terms and condition and other operational issues every six months.
During the function, the two sides also agreed to launch a language orientation program to improve Chinese and Nepali language proficiency of the government employees of both the countries. The two countries also agreed to ensure cultural exchanges to boost people to people relations.