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'India has to compromise for N-deal'

"Clearly, from the overall political point of view, we have pre-occupations which are similar to that of US," France said.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 04:07 IST

France has said that India will have to make "some compromises" on the issue of separation of its civil and military facilities as lack of consensus in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) could put any such arrangement on nuclear cooperation "on hold".

Though French Ambassador Dominique Girard said that some kind of documents on civil nuclear cooperation might be signed during the visit of President Jacques Chirac later this month, he noted that "clearly, India has to make some proposals, some efforts acceptable to us, to the Americans and all the other Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries".

While France did not have the "same constraints" as the Americans with regard to public opinion or policy, he said "there are some compromises which have to be made by India".

"Clearly, from the overall political point of view, we have pre-occupations which are similar to that of the US," he said.

"The issue of separation of India's civil and military nuclear facilities was the "most important hurdle" in civilian nuclear cooperation, he added.

He candidly responded to a range of issues covering civilian nuclear energy cooperation, the Clemenceau ship controversy, defence and economic cooperation and the expectations from Chirac's visit from February 19 to 21.

Girard's remarks come close on the heels of the comments by US Ambassador David Mulford that India would have to put "great majority" of its nuclear facilities in the civilian side failing which the American Congress would think that New Delhi has an agenda different from that of developing civilian nuclear industry.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 08:53 IST