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N-deal: Germany seeks consensus

Germany says it will try to "forge a consensus" within the 45-member group on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 11:54 PM IST

Germany on Monday said it would try to "forge a consensus" within the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

"It's not an easy task (to forge a consensus) given India's consistent refusal to join NPT regime. But we also understand India's security situation in which it has to operate," its ambassador to India Bernd Muetzelburg said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a lecture on Indo-German relations.

India would have to approach the NSG for fuel supplies, once the nuke deal with US is sealed.

Germany has realised that "the deal has ended India's nuclear isloation and has brought it to the mainstream," the ambassador said.

The ambassador however spoke about the usefulness of the non-proliferation system, calling it "the only way to move forward."

He further appreciated New Delhi for moving closer to addressing the concerns on the same front and said India had a good record in fulfilling its non-proliferation objectives.

"We are happy that India has moved closer to our position on nuclear non-proliferation", he said.

Expressing solidarity with New Delhi on the issue of terrorism, the ambassador said "we are united with India in condemning all forms of terrorism."

Citing "Islamic fundamentalism" as "most dangerous", he underlined India's "special responsibility" in combating it, as it was a home to the second largest population of muslims in the world.

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