Nepal raises refugee issue


28 April, 2010 – Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and his Bhutanese counterpart Jigmi Y Thinley during their bilateral talks held yesterday afternoon agreed that the bilateral discussions on the issue of the “people in the camps” in Nepal must be kept going.  

Thinley (left) shakes hand with Nepalese PM. Photo/Kuensel
Thinley (left) shakes hand with Nepalese PM. Photo/Kuensel

At yesterday’s brief meeting the two leaders also discussed a range of issues from playing a tremendous role in mitigating climate change effect by harnessing and exporting their huge hydropower potential and providing clean and green energy to the region to renewing air services and bilateral trade agreements besides the issue of the people in the camps.  

Responding to a question from an American journalist on the people in the camps, at a press conference yesterday the minister in charge of foreign affairs, Khandu Wangchuk, said that since the issue was not of a typical refugee issue, the two governments would be in the best position to find a lasting solution. “Regular dialogues and interactions are being held and we have agreed to pave a way forward for lasting solution,” said the minister in charge. He said the two governments are using every opportunity to interact and discuss the issue to find a solution based on the understanding the two governments had reached.  

The two-day 16th SAARC summit will end tomorrow.