China-Pak N-deal should be within IAEA purview: EU

The European Union has said, China-Pakistan nuclear deal should respect the guidelines of IAEA.

New Delhi: Amid India`s concerns over the
China-Pakistan nuclear deal, the European Union on Wednesday said any
such agreement should respect the guidelines spelt out by the
world nuclear watchdog IAEA.
"The EU has no problems with peaceful use of nuclear
energy. Whatever arrangements are made have to be within the
purview of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),"
Catherine Ashton, the EU`s High Representative for foreign
affairs and security policy told reporters here in reply to a

Asked about the EU stand on the Sino-Pak deal, which was
expected to be discussed at the plenary meeting of the Nuclear
Suppliers Group (NSG), she said the 27-member bloc was not a
member of the NSG.
"The EU wants to ensure that the proliferation of nuclear
technologies does not take place," Ashton said.

India has raised with China the issue of its supply of two
more nuclear reactors to Pakistan as part of its pre-2004 deal
for civil nuclear cooperation with Islamabad.

India has also been "in touch" with a number of its
partner countries from NSG through dialogues and discussions
to seek more information on China-Pakistan deal.

China earlier built two reactors for Pakistan before
joining the NSG in 2004.

According to Indian officials, though New Delhi has
not criticised the deal in public its concerns in this regard
have been conveyed to Chinese leaders.

Diplomatic sources here say that the decision to go
ahead with the nuclear plants was taken at the instance of the
powerful People`s Liberation Army, (PLA), which prefers to
stick to its strategic ties with Pakistan army ostensibly to
check growing US engagement in Pakistan.


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