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Nuke deal | Safeguards talks next week

india Updated: Jul 06, 2006 23:51 IST

Indian officials and those of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be meeting next week to negotiate the proposed Safeguards Agreement, which is required to be put in place to allow international community to resume nuclear trade with India.

A team of IAEA officials would be arriving in the Capital on Saturday and the two sides will hold two-day talks beginning Monday, official sources said.

Officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) will represent the Indian side.

MEA and DAE officials held discussions on Thursday to give final touches to India's position with regard to the issue, sources added.

Under the Indo-US civil nuclear deal signed in March during the visit of President George W Bush, New Delhi and the IAEA have to work out an 'India-specific Safeguards Agreement' for supervision of India's civilian nuclear facilities.

In the civil nuclear agreement, India has identified 14 of its 22 atomic reactors as civilian, which will be covered under the IAEA safeguards agreement.