This book, by one of Nepal's leading experts on
international law, analyses the current state of treaty relations between India
and Nepal in the light of contemporary principles of international law.
Describing the complex historical background of these relations, it highlights
those aspects of the relationship which have remained stumbling blocks. It goes
on to propose ways to resolve outstanding issues between India and Nepal.
with the premise that relations between the two countries are governed by
treaties which are now outdated, the author contends that if mutually beneficial
developments are to take place, a sea change in the approach and attitude of
both countries must occur. The book covers all the major outstanding issues
between the two countries including security concerns, the proposal for making
Nepal a zone of peace, transit arrangements, marine fishery rights of landlocked
countries, sharing of river hydroelectric power.
The book argues persuasively
in favour of a major review of Indo-Nepal treatise and replacement of some based
on modern and equitable principles of international law. The author proposes a
model Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal.
study in Indo-Nepal relations will be essential reading for policymakers,
scholars of international law and foreign policy, journalists, and diplomats.
Surya P. Subedi, O.B.E., is Professor of International Law,
University of Leeds, UK.
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