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G-8 Move to Stall N-Tech Transfer Not to Hit India: PM

download (5)The G-8 resolution is restricting the transfer of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technology to countries outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty fold.

India said that it was ‘not a legally binding document’ and hoped individual nations would implement civil nuclear pacts with India on a bilateral basis.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh  told the Lok Sabha recently that he could not ensure whether the 45-member NSG would endorse the G-8 stand on transferring enrichment and reprocessing technologies to non-NPT countries.

Singh said, “India has no civil nuclear agreement with G-8 per se. We have civil nuclear agreements with US, Russia and France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was even willing to go public to say that his country is ready to go to give enrichment and reprocessing technology to India.”

The Prime Minister referred to his closed-door talks with President Sarkozy who had eased fears about restrictions by France in this regard. Of the other two countries with which India had signed civil nuclear agreements, talks with the U.S. had begun and Russia too would have no objections.

“It is our expectation that in future, the NSG will keep the special status of India as a non-signatory to NPT when it gave clean exemption last year for civil nuclear cooperation while deciding on giving enrichment and reprocessing technologies,” Singh said.

The Prime Minister added, “My understanding is that there is no consensus in the Nuclear Suppliers Group to bar India from accessing enrichment and reprocessing technologies.”

It was a ‘political statement and not a legally binding document’, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told the Rajya Sabha while responding to concerns over the recent G-8 resolution in the L’Aquila summit that seeks to curb transfer of ENR technology to non-NPT countries.

Krishna underlined that New Delhi will go by clean India-specific waiver granted by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in September last year. He also told parliament that the NSG has not taken any decision on the ENR issue.

‘It is India’s expectation that our international partners in civil nuclear cooperation will implement the bilateral agreements that we have entered into,’ he said during his reply to a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the working of the External Affairs Ministry.

He said the India-US relations have been transformed in the recent years and signing of the civil nuclear deal last year was a major development in this regard. Commenting on the Indo-US relations, Krishna said the ties have been transformed in the recent years and signing of the civil nuclear deal last year was a major development in this regard.

He also said the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which had granted India-specific clean waiver, has taken no decision in this regard.