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The Nepal House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to change the country’s political map.

According to reports, the altered map will include Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura areas about which the Nepal Ministry of External Affairs claims ‘lie completely within the territory of India’.

Nepal’s parliamentarians have 72 hours at their disposal to propose an amendment.

The approval by the House of Representatives does not mean the amendment process has been completed.

At the same time, Nepal has made it clear that the issue will not be allowed to become a dispute.

Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, it is learnt, has exuded confidence that the resolution will only be through dialogue.

He said Kali river is the border between Nepal and India.

“There is no reason to not accept Kali river as the border. We will hold dialogue on the basis of historic facts. We will have our rights on our land,” he was quoted as saying.

Nepal has already issued a new map including Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipu Lekh.

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