India takes up ENR transfer plan issue with NSG

India has taken up with Nuclear Suppliers Group and its member-countries the decision of the elite 46-member NSG to tighten transfer of ENR to countries that have not signed NPT.

Updated: Aug 03, 2011, 18:58 PM IST

New Delhi: India has taken up with Nuclear
Suppliers Group and its member-countries the decision of the
elite 46-member NSG to tighten transfer of Enrichment and
Reprocessing (ENR) to countries that have not signed Non-
Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

As per NSG`s new guidelines, suppliers should not
authorise the transfer of ENR facilities and equipment and
technology if the recipient does not meet the various
criteria, including the NPT, Minister of State for External
Affairs Preneet Kaur said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

"India has raised this issue with NSG and its member-
countries," she said.

The minister also said that with respect to the 2008
waiver of NSG, the US, France and Russia have clarified, in
separate statements, their positions on the NSG decision and
have reiterated commitment to full implementation of the
respective bilateral agreements with India on cooperation in
the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Following their meeting in Netherlands on June 23-24 this
year, NSG has published its new guidelines which restrict the
transfer of ENR equipment and technology to countries that
have signed the NPT and have implemented a comprehensive
safeguards agreement.

"Suppliers should exercise restraint in the transfer of
sensitive facilities, technology and material usable for
nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. If
enrichment or reprocessing facilities, equipment or technology
are to be transferred, suppliers should encourage recipients
to accept, as an alternative to national plants, supplier
involvement and/or other appropriate multinational
participation in resulting facilities.

"Suppliers should also promote international (including
IAEA) activities concerned with multinational regional fuel
cycle centres," the NSG guidelines said.

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