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Talks on additional protocol to safeguards pact begin

India has begun negotiations on an ‘additional protocol’ to the safeguards agreement with the IAEA as promised in the frozen text of the bilateral civil nuclear cooperation with the US.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2008 01:54 IST

India has begun negotiations on an ‘additional protocol’ to the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as promised in the frozen text of the bilateral civil nuclear cooperation with the United States.

“India and the IAEA have begun discussions on an additional protocol to this safeguards agreement,” Anil Kakodkar, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, said in a statement at the IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna on Friday.

Kakodkar told the board that the safeguards’ agreement spoke for itself and India ‘saw no difficulty’ in implementing this accord. “India will implement this agreement in strict accordance with its provisions. In implementing this agreement, India and the IAEA could build on the excellent cooperative relations between them.

He argued that India’s integration into the global civil nuclear community was a ‘win-win’ situation for all. “Global efforts to promote energy security, sustainable development and effective non-proliferation will stand to gain with India as a partner.”

“We have our principled and consistent position on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues. We remain firm in our commitment to realise the vision of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan for universal, non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament leading to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons,” Kakodkar maintained.