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Govt to quicken talks with IAEA: Kakodkar

india Updated: Dec 12, 2007 17:02 IST
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Unfazed by CPI(M)'s threat to the government to end the talks with IAEA, its chief nuclear negotiator on Wednesday said India will quicken negotiations with IAEA on India-specific safeguards but will ensure that it is done "satisfactorily".

"We are doing our best and try to complete the process as soon as possible but everything has to be done satisfactorily as the negotiations are comprehensive and complex," Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr Anil Kakodkar said as India concluded its second round of talks with the IAEA in Vienna on Wednesday.

"We will carry forward the discussions with IAEA. If consultations are required the negotiating team will come back and then continue the process," he told PTI.

However, Kakodkar refused to elaborate on the nature of the negotiations saying "the negotiating team is doing their job, let us see how it takes shape".

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday had theratened the government that it should talks with IAEA this month or else be prepared for mid-term Lok Sabha elections.

The Left parties, strongly opposed to the Indo-US nuclear deal, had last week given permission to the government to go ahead with the talks with IAEA with a rider that it would not not sign any agreement.

Karat said the truce was effected with Gujarat elections in mind as they did not not want the Central government to fall and BJP take advantage of it in the Gujarat elections.

Sources said it is expected that the draft of the agreed text on the India-specific safeguards would seek to address the interest of IAEA as well as India.

India is keen to have conditions such as assured fuel supply, strategic reserve and recognition of separation plan, according to External Affairs ministry sources.

If the negotiators have to meet the deadline of the Left parties, then the talks have to be wrapped up before the Christmas and New Year holidays when all the establishments in Vienna will be closed. The first round of talks with IAEA were held last month.

Indian negotiators Dr Ravi B Grover, Director, Strategic Planning of DAE, and Sheelkant Sharma, India's Ambassador in Vienna, were not available for comments on the negotiations.

The government has made clear that it will not sign any pact with IAEA before the India-US nuclear deal is signed. Till then, the India-specific broad based safeguards template will be kept on hold, the officials said.

This would also suit the Left party's demand that no agreement with IAEA be signed till the Left-UPA committee on the Indo-US nuclear issue gives its opinion.

The whole exercise is to assure the global community that India will not be diverting any of the imported material for strategic purposes, the sources said.

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