Japan non-committal on civil nuclear cooperation with India

October 22nd, 2008 - 6:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

Tokyo , Oct 22 (ANI): Japan today appeared non-committal on civil nuclear cooperation with India even as the two countries agreed that atomic power could play an important role as a sustainable and non-polluting source of energy in meeting the growing global demands.

The two sides shared the view that nuclear energy can play an important role as a safe, sustainable and non-polluting source of energy in meeting the rising global energy demands, said a joint statement issued at the end of the summit talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso at Tokyo on Wednesday.

The statement did not say whether Japan , which has serious reservations on nuclear issues for historic reasons, would cooperate with India in the civilian nuclear sector.

Earlier, India had said it understood the sensitivities of Japan on the nuclear issue.

New Delhi , pleased with Tokyo s backing for India s case at the NSG and IAEA, said it would be ready when Tokyo thought it could join hands with it.

Singh and Aso shared the view that international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts should be reinforced.

They also stressed the importance of strengthening their efforts towards the shared goal of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

The two Prime Ministers condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, saying that it constitutes a serious threat to international peace and security.

They welcomed efforts taken by both countries to combat the menace.

The two sides reaffirmed their desire for expeditious conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism at the United Nations.

Singh and Aso also discussed the current international financial crisis and shared the view that the global economy was facing uncertainty, including financial difficulties.

They said it was important for the two major Asian nations to continue discussion for the stability and growth of the region and the world.

They recognised the need for joint efforts by all consuming and producing countries to mitigate the impact of high and volatile oil prices, which hamper global growth and development.

Singh and Aso also expressed concerns that global food prices remain at high level and called for greater collaborative efforts to address the challenge of the global food security.

The two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the growth of bilateral trade which is expected to reach 20 billion dollar by 2010.

They also expressed satisfaction over the substantive progress achieved on the Economic Partnership Agreement/Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA/CEPA) and hoped that the negotiations would be concluded at the earliest possible time. (ANI)

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