‘Nuclear’ word given a miss in India-Germany Joint Declaration

November 14th, 2007 - 8:07 am ICT by admin  
The 18-point joint declaration signed by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh does not refer at all to India’s quest for civilian nuclear energy to meet its growing energy demand.

On the critical energy issue, the declaration refers to the need for “ensuring the supply of safe, sustainable and non-polluting sources of energy to meet the rising global demand for energy, particularly in developing countries.”

Though the Government has officially stated that it is still trying to reach a political consensus over the controversial deal in the wake of Left Front’s severe opposition to the deal’s operationalisation, it was expected that the nuclear deal would come up during today’s talks, since Germany is part of the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

The focus of the bilateral talks during the two-day visit of Merkel remained focussed on trade and Climate Change.

Seven agreements were signed between both countries, significant of which were the defence agreement on the mutual protection of classified information, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral co-operation on the patents’ issue and MoU on the creation of an Indo-German Science And Technology Centre.

On the issue of cooperation in the field of science and technology, both countries reiterated their commitments to continue with more such cooperation and make it is an “important pillar” of their strategic partnership.

Both sides are already actively pursuing cooperation in the space sector, including India’s first moon mission- Chandrayaan.

Substantial amount of importance was laid to the issue of Climate Change and both countries resolved to develop clean and efficient energy projects.

“India and Germany recognise the urgent need to find effective and practical solutions to address concerns regarding climate change and its implications for human kind. These would include mitigation and adaptation strategies in a manner that supports further economic and social development in particular of developing countries,” the joint declaration stated.

Both sides also reaffirmed their commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in accordance with their “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities”.

Both countries agreed to conclude a MoU on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects as early as possible.

Since both countries are part of the G4 group, and are seeking the expansion of UN Security Council that would reflect the ‘realities of the 21st century’, India and Germany today reiterated their support for each other’s candidature for permanent membership on an expanded UNSC.

India and Germany also agreed to strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism through the Indo-German Joint Working Group.

“The conclusion of a Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters would further strengthen the bilateral efforts,” both countries agreed to.

On the issue of bilateral and multilateral trade issues, both countries called for early and substantive outcome of the Doha Round of negotiations.

“They bear common responsibility for a successful conclusion of the Doha Agenda with focus on the development dimension and stress the necessity to overcome the existing differences in the Doha Round for the benefit of all WTO member states,” the joint declaration stated.

The declaration that called for bringing further development in the strategic partnership noted with satisfaction that bilateral trade has doubled within three years and both countries agreed to work towards an annual trade volume of 20 billion Euro for 2012. (ANI)

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