Jubilations across country as India get NSG waiverSeptember 6th, 2008 - 10:38 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Sept 6 (ANI): India burst into jubilations as the 45-nations Nuclear Supplier’’s Group (NSG) approved a U.S. proposal on Saturday to lift the global ban on nuclear trade with India, in a breakthrough towards sealing a controversial US-India Nuclear deal.
Supporters of ruling Congress Party celebrated the ”momentous” occasion by bursting crackers and dancing outside the party’’s office.
This decision will open a new chapter in India’’s cooperation with other countries in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. We look forward to working with our international partners in realizing the full potential of mutually beneficial cooperation that this decision entails. It is a development of major significance to global energy security and would also be a contribution to meeting the challenges of climate change, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
He further added that The journey has not only been long but required several steps to be taken sequentially including intense bilateral negotiations with the members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and NSG. I am happy to inform you that the final outcome fully meets our expectations and is consistent with the Government policy and the national consensus on disarmament and non-proliferation. The NSG waiver is a unique development that has been achieved in accordance with commitments given to Parliament and the people of India, and is consistent with India’’s national interest.
He said, I would like to take the opportunity to place on record Government’’s deep appreciation in particular for the untiring efforts of the United States, France, United Kingdom and Russia throughout this process, and also the support received from the present and previous Chairs of the NSG- Germany, South Africa and Brazil.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) however is skeptical of the waiver that has been give after so much of deliberations.
If the NSG waiver has come after so much deliberation and the text has been revised repeatedly, not only over the last three days but also after the meeting held last month on August 21 and 22 then obviously there has been give-aways by India, said Yashwant Sinha, leader of BJP.
The NSG decision was hailed by the former National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra also.
This agreement protects our strategic programme, strategic nuclear weapons programme while at the same time helping us to accelerate and to increase the production of nuclear energy for electricity. I am extremely glad that the NSG has acted to grant a waiver to India on this question, said Brajesh Mishra, former National Security Advisor.
India hailed as momentous a global atomic cartel’’s decision to lift a 34-year-old ban on nuclear trade with New Delhi, a crucial step to sealing a controversial US-India civilian nuclear accord.
This is a forward-looking and momentous decision, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who spoke to U.S. President George W. Bush after the decision said in a statement.
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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