France assures India about stringent nuke safety

Juppe`s visit comes amid mounting concerns in India over nuclear safety and protests against the Russia-built Kudankulam nuclear plant.

New Delhi: Civil nuclear cooperation was one
of the key issues discussed on Thursday by India and France, which
assured New Delhi that stringent safety standards will be
implemented in the proposed plants in Jaitapur amid nuclear
safety concerns.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and his French
counterpart Alain Juppe held comprehensive talks during which
an entire gamut of bilateral issues along with international
and regional matters of mutual interest came up.

Juppe`s visit comes amid mounting concerns in India over
nuclear safety and protests against the Russia-built
Kudankulam nuclear plant besides the one being built at
Jaitapur.

The French minister, at a joint media interaction with
Krishna, said he has briefed his Indian counterpart about
stringent safety standards followed by French which is in the
middle of discussions on building two 1,650 MW reactors in
Jaitapur in Maharashtra.

"We discussed the issue of nuclear energy....We shared
the view that nuclear energy is a vital source of power
provided we develop the highest levels of safety rules.

"And we are working on this issue at the international
level with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and at
national level, of course.

"France is determined to be completely open with its
Indian partners on the safety measures taken...This framework
it will be possible to develop our cooperation especially to
finalise agreement on EPR (European Pressurised Reactors)
project....," Juppe said.

The two leaders also talked about global financial
situation ahead of the G-20 summit of emerging and developed
economies next month with France terming India as "key
strategic member" which can play an important role in
resolving the current crisis.

PTI

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