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N-Liability bill to affect Indo-US ties

world Updated: Sep 02, 2010 00:07 IST

Suggesting that the Indian Parliament had passed a flawed civil nuclear liability law, a US South Asia expert has warned that it could cast a pall over the historic India-US civil nuclear deal.

An internationally compliant civil nuclear liability regime that would facilitate US investment in India’s nuclear industry would have been the last step in completing the nuclear deal, noted Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow for South Asia at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank.

US policymakers and leaders were taken off guard over the passage of the legislation “despite retaining language inconsistent with international standards for engaging in nuclear commerce”, she wrote.