How Indian safeguards agreement got unanimous approval

August 1st, 2008 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  


Vienna, Aug 1 (IANS) When IAEA director-general Mohammed ELBaradei asked members of the board of governors whether any of them had any opposition to the proposed Indian safeguards agreement, none of the 35 members raised his hand. The agreement was passed unanimously after that. However, the unanimous approval by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors was given even before at least five countries finished delivering their speeches, at around 3.30 p.m. local time.

Five countries, including India, Pakistan and Mexico were yet to speak before the approval came through. They have agreed to deliver their speech, being described as “interpretative statements”, later during the day.

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