Bhutan agrees to resume Bilateral talks

Bhutan has agreed to resume ministerial level bilateral talks with Nepal to discuss on the issue of  its citizens who are languishing as refugees in Nepal, according to Kuenselonline.  During a short meeting with the Nepalese PM, Madhav Kumar Nepal yesterday in Thimpu, Prime minister of Bhutan, Jigme Y. Thinley expressed Bhutan’s willingness to put an end to the  refugee problem through bilateral dialogue between these two neighbors.

There has not been any official talks between them after fifteen rounds of Nepal-Bhutan ministerial level dialogues that were held in different times in the past failed to find a concrete solution to the refugee crisis.

More than one hundred thousand Bhutanese citizens of Nepali ethnicity had been living in seven UNHCR administered refugee camps in Jhapa and Morang district in Eastern Nepal, out of which Thirty thousand have so far been resettled in western countries including the United States, Australia among others. Lately the UK also has expressed its willingness to resettled at least one thousand Bhutanese in its land with in this year.

Sources say that during the meeting, Mr. Nepal also  requested the  government of Bhutan to repatriate the remaining refugees in the camps.

At a separate press conference in Thimpu, Bhutanese  Minister in-charge of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Khandu Wangchuk said that the Bhutanese refugee problem is a bilateral issue and that both the governments have to work together to find a lasting solution. “This is a difficult problem and we are constantly discussing all options and we will continue to talk”, Wanchuk said in response to a  query of an American journalist on Tuesday.

8 Responses

  1. Dear I am Jee:

    My question was for Netra Prasad Acharya Jee in Sanischare/Morang camp, in Nepal, but you answered my question. But that is Ok. Thanks for answering my question.

    You claim that reporting needs the use of technology like email and Internet. Do not the people living in the camps in Nepal have that kind of technoogy?

    Most of the times, when I walk into some of my Bhutanese friends homes, I find them chatting with their friends and family members on line in Nepal. Obviously, people living in those camps, do have Internet connections, or atleast have access to the Internet.

    I have been told by a Bhutanese friend that Bhutanese refugees living in the camps, awake up early in the morning, and stay awake late night just to talk to their friends and family members living in the United States, hoping for few American Dollars. I also have been told that Bhutanese refugees resettled here in the USA, love to send few dollars back to Nepal to people living in the camps, because it gives them sense of being in better position than those who are still very poor and are still living in the camps. It also makes them feel being superior and richer.

    In my opinion, Bhutanese refugees resettled here in the USA, must watch how much they can afford, and they must realize the fact that if they are still receiving financial assistance from the United States Government, like foodstamps and other assistance, they are poor, and surely are not in a position to help others financially.

    Helping friends and relatives in Nepal is nice, but stealing American tax payers money is not nice. This money is supposed to be used by the refugees resetlled here in USA, and sending it to Nepal, I think is called “Cheating, stealing and fraud”.

    I am sure many of Bhutanese refugees resettled here in USA will hate me for saying that because so many Bhutanese do send money to Nepal, but I am here to express my true feelings. I am not here to make friends by cheating and presenting “Jhoot” (Lies), but I am here to present the truth and nothing but the truth, and it does not matter some of my Bhutanese friends like it or not.

    I know, now I will be accused of being a “Bhutanese Refugees Hater”, but it is OK.

    If any Bhutanese refugee resettled here in USA, uses his/her foodstamps to buy non-food items, he/she is a thief.

    If any Bhutanese refugee resettled here in USA, uses the cash, that the US Governemnt gives to him/her to help him/her, and sends that cash to people living in Nepal, he/she should stop receiving foodstamps and cash from the Government immediatley. Otherwise, he/she is a “Apraadhee” (criminal), and shouldgo to jail.

    Many of Bhutanes refugees resettled here in USA, have no jobs, and claim to be poor but suddenly they come up with a large amount of cash and buy almost new cars on cash. Only they know where that cash comes from?

    Sometimes I wonder why US Governemnt gives foodstamps and cash to those people who already have a lots of money, hidden somewhere in their homes?

    I am willing to give all the moral and political help that Bhutanese refugees currently living in Nepali camps need, but I am not willing to give them even a penny, because they already are receiving a lots of money from United Nations, Euoropean Union, US and many other wealthy nations, many charity organizations and Nepali Government.

    They have more than enough food to eat, and they have more than enough clothes to wear. I am sure they do have more than enough money to pay for Internet use.

    Mr. Shahid M. Pasha, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA 01085.

  2. Netra Prasad Acharya Jee:

    Bhutanese Refugee Camp
    Sanischare Morang Nepal
    Sector H2-52

    I am with you 100%. Bhutanusa@com is a great source of information. However, the page or the news are the same for days and weeks suggesting that Bhtanusa@com’s editors have gone for their weeks long vocation.

    I would like to ask you, why Bhutanese refugees currently living in the camps do not participate in our discussions, and why almost none of the refugees currently living in the camps in Nepal sends any news, article or opinion to this website?

    Almost all of the reports, news, opinions posted on this website are sent from readers living in the United States.

    I think many other readers like myself would love to read something direct from the current Bhutanese refugees in the camps in Nepal.

    Mr. Shahid M. Pasha, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA 01085.

    • Pasha ji I have the answer for you why bhutanese in the camps do not participate in the news. Reporting needs the use of technology like email and internet, where it is really expensive. If you really like to read the news posted and sent by Bhutanese Refugee in the camps then there needs some funding. No funding no technology no news. Tyeing a news in the birds legs doens’t sends to bhutanusa. There certainly need to do something. Hope you get it.

  3. Dear Sir/Mrs;
    I am a refugee currently residing in Bhutanese Refugee Camp Sanischare. Though i did not write any reply before, i am the regular host of this site. It’s so much useful. I got the maximum news about the programs and programs held in the resettled countries.
    Also i saw that the page or the news are same for many days or weeks. So, if u could keep the news weekly than we will be greatful for that.
    Thanks for all.
    Keep on doing progress. Let the Almighty give you the strength to progress.

    Netra Prasad Acharya
    Bhutanese Refugee Camp
    Sanischare Morang Nepal
    Sector H2-52

  4. [“This is a difficult problem and we are constantly discussing all options and we will continue to talk”, Wanchuk said in response to a query of an American journalist on Tuesday.]
    By the above sentense, its clear that this is gonna be the another illusion in the eye of Bhutanese Refugee.They will only keep talking until all the refugee get resettled in third countries. This kinds of bileteral talks between PM are only the formality. Its never gonna happen no matter what they talk in between. These people have played onto us many times before and will be playing making us a toy. That’s why,people! don’t wait…..choose the resettlement…..dont believe these corrupted people.

  5. I feel i am 9 years old when i used to hear the same news on radio and my parents used to be so excited hoping to be back home. And now entire 18 years passed by and my parents are ended up in one corner of America but the news has been changed since.

  6. IT IS NOT Bhutan has agreed to resume ministerial level bilateral talks with Nepal to discuss on the issue of its citizens who are languishing as refugees in Nepal BUT Bhutan agreed that the bilateral discussions on the issue of the PEOPLE in the camps in Nepal must be kept going.

  7. This could be another trick of Bhutan may be to lure the international community and just to take advantage of fragile political condition of Nepal. I donot believe that Bhutan really wants to take any of its citizens.

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