Brajesh Mishra welcomes NSG waiver

September 6th, 2008 - 11:34 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Sept 6 (ANI): Former National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra on Saturday welcomed the waiver given by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to the US-India civil nuclear cooperation deal.
He said in his exclusive interview to Asian News International (ANI) that it will clear the way for the US Congress to act on 1-2-3 agreement now.
When asked what is his reaction on the NSG approval Mishra said, Its very good news for us. I hope that 1-2-3 agreement will get through the US Congress without any problem. This agreement protects our strategic nuclear program, which at the same time would help us to accelerate and to increase the production of nuclear energy and electricity.
When ask do you think that India must have compromised to the NSG, he said: I havent seen the final statement from the NSG but nothing that India has said could have gone beyond what External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday. Whatever, he said was within the parameters laid down during the earlier discussions in the Parliament in India and outside.
In the end Mishra said I think if this agreement goes through the US Congress it would bring India and US closer. This was the agenda of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to deepen and broaden the relationship between India and US.
The 45 nation NSG granted India an unconditional waiver to activate its nuclear commercial relation with the rest of the world. The NSG approval ends 34 years of isolation enforced upon India following the 1974 Pokhran nuclear tests.
After two weeks of feverish meetings and long-distance consultations, resistance to the exemption finally crumbled when six holdout states reluctantly accepted an Indian declaration on Friday reinforcing a commitment to a voluntary test moratorium.
Intense U.S. pressure for the waiver involved overnight phone calls to Presidents and Prime Ministers of holdout countries, several diplomats said.
Six NSG nations had been demanding a clause stipulating an automatic cessation of the waiver if India tested another bomb.
After India’’s statement, the holdout group splintered as Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland indicated they could accept more limited language, diplomats said.
Ireland, Austria and New Zealand fell into line on Saturday. (ANI)

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