PM Koirala requests Bhutanese counterpart to resolve refugee issue


Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has requested his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, to resolve the Bhutanese refugee issue by allowing exiled Bhutanese from UN-managed camps in Nepal to return home at the earliest possible.

Koirala raised the issue Monday during his meeting with PM Tobgay in Myanmar, where both the leaders have reached in course of participating the Third Summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

Nepalese PM Koirala, and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay
Nepalese PM Koirala (left) and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay

PM Koirala reiterated Nepal’s views on early resolution of the Bhutanese refugee imbroglio, reports Nepalese state-owned Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS).

“I have requested him (Bhutanese Prime Minister) to create environment conducive for respectful return of refugees to their homes at a time when most of their offspring had set out to abroad under third country rehabilitation bid and the elderly are still languishing in refugee camp”, Prime Minister Koirala told RSS.

Though the Bhutanese side gave positive response regarding return of refugees to their homes, he made a plea to be serious to give early solution to the problem, PM Koirala added.

Taking Nepal´s request in a positive note, the Bhutanese Prime Minister´s response was “We will see”, premier Koirala went on saying.

Meanwhile, PM Tobgay has twitted just a brief message about his meeting with Koirala.

“Discussed a range of issues with Nepal and Thai delegations during bilateral talks on the sidelines of BIMSTEC. Off to a good start, ‘ he twitted.