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G8 backs Indo-US nuclear deal

world Updated: Jul 09, 2008 21:09 IST

Wrapping up their three-day summit in Toyako, the leaders of the world's top industrialised nations on Wednesday tacitly backed Indo-US civil nuclear deal and agreed to tackle rising oil and food prices amid differences with the developing nations on fighting the climate change.

In a breakthrough for the troubled Indo-US nuclear deal, the G8 decided to adopt a "more robust" approach to civil nuclear cooperation with India to help meet its growing energy needs.

"We look forward to working with India, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other partners to advance India's non-proliferation commitments and progress so as to facilitate a more robust approach to civil nuclear cooperation with India to help it meet its growing energy needs in a manner that enhances and reinforces the global non-proliferation regime," the Chair's summary released at the end of the G8 summit said in Japam.
The statement came hours after US President George W Bush met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on the sidelines of the G8 summit.

The G8, made up of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US, also held a customary outreach session with developing nations like India and China.

Singh, in his intervention at the Major Economies Meeting (MEM), firmly rejected pleas by Bush that developing countries like India must also reduce emissions and told industrialised nations not to use climate change as a ruse to impose conditionalities that will hurt their growth.

Singh put the onus on the developed countries to do much more in cutting greenhouse emissions when he said "the quicker you reduce your emissions, the greater the incentive for us to follow."