G8 resolution not legally binding: Krishna

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 16:26

New Delhi: Government on Friday said the G8 resolution on curbing transfer of enrichment and reprocessing technology to non-NPT signatory countries was "not a legally binding document" and hoped individual nations will implement civil nuclear agreements with India on bilateral basis.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna also allayed concerns over the End User Monitoring (EUM) arrangement reached with the US, saying it does not limit India`s "sovereign choice of whether, where and what weapons we choose to buy for our national defence".

Touching upon the Indo-US relations during his reply to a debate on the working of his ministry in the Rajya Sabha, he 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.

Referring to members` concern over the recent G8 resolution in L`Aquila summit that spoke about putting curbs on transfer of ENR technology, he said it was a "political statement and not a legally binding document".

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

"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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 16:26
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