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16july20091Dharamshala: Nepal government has beefed up security in its northern border with Tibet, in order to check Free Tibet activities and to control illegal trade. The decision came after China stepped up diplomatic pressure on the government to stop political activities by Tibetan refugees.

The coalition government is working out scheme to deploy Armed Police Force (APF) personnel at Tatopani of Sindhupalchowk district near Kathmandu and other North-west borders with Tibet as per the request from Chinese government, the Nagarika Daily quoted Home Minister officials as saying.

China have shown concern over the continued demonstrations by Tibetan exiles in Kathmandu and the possibility of anti- China activities in Nepal- Tibet borders outside Kathmandu , the daily reported.

Every year around 2,000 Tibetan refugees come to Nepal through illegal channels on their way to India to meet their spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Nepalese police on 14 July arrested 25 Tibetan exiles as they staged an anti-China demonstration outside the United Nations office in Kathmandu.

On 26 June Nepali police detained 26 men and eight women marching to the Tibet border, the crackdown on exiles demanding freedom for their Himalayan homeland.

In June, six Members of Nepali Parliament met the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan prime minister, and other high level officials from the Tibetan government in exile to discuss the issue of about 30,000 Tibetan refugees living in Nepal and their special status. The delegation said they will urge their government to provide more supports for Tibetan refugees in the country.

Siddhartha Gautam, president, Lumbini Foundation, Nepal said on 25 June that the delegation strongly support Tibetan refugees in Nepal. "We want to solve all the political issues and problems of Tibetans living in Kathmandu, the Nepali capital and other parts of the country. We are about to form a constitution for Nepal and special rights need to be given to the Tibetans as well as other facilities," he added.

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