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NSG resumes discussions on waiver to India

india Updated: Aug 22, 2008 15:44 IST
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Amid suggestions by some of its members for certain amendments in the draft waiver, the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group met in Vienna on Friday for the second day to consider whether to allow India to have civil nuclear cooperation with the international community.

The grouping resumed its discussions over the issue which is a key step in the implementation of the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Representatives of the member countries deliberated upon various ideas and suggestions put forth by some of them during the discussions on the first day of the two-day meeting on Thursday.

A "lot of ideas" were exchanged on Thursday, diplomats and officials said.

Some even proposed that certain amendments may be made to the draft and gave ideas in this direction, they said without elaborating or identifying the countries which did so.

The meeting was constructive and none of the countries said they were against the waiver, the officials said.

The US, which moved the draft at the meet, is pushing hard the initiative and hopes that the NSG would give its nod.

Leader of the American delegation Under Secretary John Rood, who sought the support of all NSG countries, said Washington continues to believe that it is an important issue and "we are committed to achieve this as it has net benefit for nuclear non-proliferation and energy."