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India, US may finalise reprocessing pact in 10-12 days

india Updated: Nov 29, 2009 18:50 IST
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India and the US are expected to finalise a crucial agreement on reprocessing under the landmark civil nuclear deal in 10-12 days, with all but one issue being resolved and negotiations centring around finalising a mutually acceptable legal text.

"We have arrived into the last stage of negotations... only one issue remains, that of finalising the legal text," National Security Adviser M K Narayanan told journalists accompanying the Prime Minister on his return home from a two-nation tour of the US and Trinidad and Tobago.

The two sides were racing against time to conclude the agreement for setting up of dedicated reprocessing facility in India before the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday but could not do so.

The setting up of reprocessing facility under IAEA safeguards is a key requirement for implementation of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal that was signed last year.

Negotiations had gained momentum after intervention at the highest level, Narayanan said.

The negotiations are almost complete and one more round of discussions will be required to clinch the agreement, "possibly in 10-12 days", sources said.

They said the two sides have resolved two of the key issues that were holding up the conclusion of the agreement. These were questions like whether one or more dedicated facility should be set up and what should be the type of security for these installations which will reprocess spent US nuclear fuel.