Kathmandu, Nepal, 28 December 2006 – The Joint Inspection Committee (JIC) of Nepal-China borders have agreed to further work out on incompatibilities of new data of boundary markers with data of old map attached in the 1979 protocol. Pradip Kumar Khatiwada, Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal and Li Qingyuan, Senior Advisor on Boundary Issues at the Foreign Ministry, China led their respective governments in the meeting.
The Nepalese and Chinese officials and experts discussed on improving geographical information system (GIS) of Nepal-China boundary during their three-day meeting that started on December 25. The meeting decided to hold the fifth JIC meeting in China in April next year.
“The incompatibilities of data is due to the use of new technology in survey and mapping,” said Bhamindra Aryal, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nepal. Aryal, a member of Nepalese delegation in the meeting, said they used old technology in the previous survey but now they used geographical information system (GIS). “We agreed to adjust data in the next round,” he said.
The JIC also exchanged views on marking of the elevation of Mt. Everest. Regarding the marking of elevation of Mt. Everest, Yadav Khanal, Ministry’s spokesman said that the two sides would carry out study whether there was new changes in the height of the highest peak of the world. The two sides reviewed and summed up the fieldwork of joint inspection teams carried from April to September 2006, said a ministry’s press statement.