PM hopes bilateral N-commitments will be honoured

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said France had assured him that it will honour its commitment and that Russia also wants to do business.

New Delhi: As India hoped its partners will
stand by their bilateral commitments after NSG`s new
guidelines on transfer of sensitive nuclear technology, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh today said France had assured him that
it will honour its commitment and that Russia also wants to do
business.
Recalling his visit to France last year when he was
Chief Guest at their National Day, Singh said French President
Nicolas Sarkozy had raised the issue that some people were
trying to modify the guidelines to ban transfer of enrichment
and reprocessing technology and equipment(ENR) to non-NPT
(non proliferation treaty) signatory countries. India has not
signed the NPT yet.

Sarkozy assured India that he will stand by his
commitment, the Prime Minister told a group of Editors here.

Singh also said that Russia also wants to do business.

The Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG), the elite nuclear
club, last week decided to push for more stringent norms that
govern technology transfer for reprocessing technology. This
decision has raised concerns about its impact on the landmark
civil nuclear deal India signed with the US.
Asserting that India has bilateral commitments from
all its partners in the nuclear cooperation field, National
Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said India will see what
these guidelines mean.

"Formally, even now, we don`t know what is the
decision. We will see how it is worked out," Menon added.

Sources have already indicated that India was in touch
with NSG and that the recent decision will not adversely
impact the India-specific agreement with NSG.

They also said that India will continue to flag its
excellent track record in the nuclear field and the steps it
has taken to categorise strategic and military use.

PTI

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