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US has constraints on N-deal, says Pranab

The EAM expresses hope that the differences will be ironed out, writes Archana Phull.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2007 11:36 IST
Archana Phull

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the United States administration had some legal constraints regarding the Indo-US nuclear deal.

"We are trying to resolve these questions and hope it will be possible to arrive at a final agreement, but it was not possible to give any time frame," he said.

Addressing a press conference at the sidelines of SAARC Parliamentarians’ meet organised by South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), Mukherjee said, "We are committed to our Parliament that the agreement will be within the framework of July 18, 2005 agreement and March 2006 separation plan".

On Kashmir issue, Mukherjee said: "We are discussing all issues under the framework of a composite dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmir issue is an important component”. He said confidence-building measures would be carried out and India hopes that the dialogue would succeed.

Referring to a question from a journalist regarding demilitarisation of Kashmir, Mukherjee said, "It was not militarisation, but enforcement of law".

Earlier, in his address at the SAARC Parliamentarians’ conference, Mukherjee said that South Asia should first be integrated within itself and then with the rest of the world. He said India at present has an important responsibility as the chair of SAARC and was committed to accept symmetrical responsibilities, including opening up its market to South Asian neighbours, without insisting on reciprocity.

The external affairs minister said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had already announced duty free access to India’s market to least developed countries in SAARC.

‘Focus on trade and growth’

Former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said, SAARC Parliamentarians need to focus on economic growth and trade and push issues of conflict to the background.

He said politics should not be allowed to hamper the process of regional cooperation.

"Let the simple logic of mutual economic benefit triumph over politics", he said. The growth in trade would create space for resolving political issues as well, he added.