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IAEA talks option open: Kakodkar

Atomic energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar on Friday kept open the option of discussing the safeguards agreement with the IAEA during his visit to Vienna.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2007 01:05 IST

Atomic energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar on Friday kept open the option of discussing the safeguards agreement with the IAEA during his visit to Vienna.

“Things are changing every day...But I will take the call two days before the 51st IAEA general meeting which starts September 17,” Kakodkar told reporters here.

His comments assume significance as the Left parties have demanded that Kakodkar not discuss the safeguards agreement with the IAEA when he travels to Vienna next month.

The Left parties view discussions on safeguards agreement as operationalisation of the Indo-US nuclear deal, which they are opposed to.
The government, however, is keen to go ahead with the deal and insists that negotiations with the IAEA do not imply operationalisation of
the 123 agreement.

Kakodkar admitted that there were “some constraints” related to the talks on the India-specific safeguards agreement with the IAEA and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.