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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

INDIAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANS: France committed to “full civil nuclear cooperation” with India!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 5, 2011.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and French Ambassador to India Jérôme Bonnafont exchange files for ratification of the cooperation agreement between the two countries on the development of peaceful use of nuclear energy in New Delhi. File photo
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and French Ambassador to India Jérôme Bonnafont exchange files for ratification of the cooperation agreement between the two countries on the development of peaceful use of nuclear energy in New Delhi. File photo.

France on Tuesday said nothing in the existing and future Nuclear Supplier’s Group guidelines should be interpreted as detracting from the ‘clean’ exemption given to India or reducing the ambition of Indo-French “full” civil nuclear cooperation.

A key member of the 46-nation grouping, France reiterated its commitment towards “full civil nuclear cooperation” with India for the development and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes..” which covers all aspects of a civilian nuclear programme, including nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear fuel and nuclear waste management and scientific cooperation.

The NSG had recently decided to push for more stringent norms that govern technology transfer for enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technology.

The reiteration assumes significance in view of the remarks made by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao warning that the latest “NSG decision is not the end of the road” and “there are leverages that we can exert from our side also” while referring to the expanding Indian nuclear industry.

In a statement, French Ambassador here Jerome Bonnafont said “NSG guidelines play a key role in support of national export policies and decisions. France, therefore, strongly supports India’s adhesion to the Group and will take all initiatives necessary within the regime to ensure a swift process leading to this objective.


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