Prime Minsiter Jigmi Y Thinley, who returned home after completing a three-day trip to Nepal, hinted to expel more citizens from the country.
Organising a press meet in Kathmandu on Saturday morning, he said that his government would do nothing if people choose to leave the country. He was responding to a media query on probable eviction of more Nepali-speaking Bhutanese citizens.
“If they want to leave the country, the government can’t do anything to stop them,” he told.
The PM also said that India has no role in this regard saying Nepal and Bhutan need to solve the long-standing refugee stalemate.
“Governments of Nepal and Bhutan are responsible in dealing with the refugee issue,” PM Thinley told reporters at the Hotel Yak & Yeti before leaving for Bhutan.
Meanwhile, he hinted that all refugees in the UN-administered camps are not Bhutanese citizens saying Nepal and Bhutan need to sit for discussion to verify those people. But, he didn’t say when would that happen.
According to Nepalnews, the Bhutanese PM also held discussion on the bilateral issues with UCPN (Maoist) chairman Puspha Kamal Dahal. However, he didn’t elaborate.