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NSG waiver: Indian officials work overtime
September 05, 2008 03:01 IST
Senior Indian officials met representatives of the few sceptic member countries of the Nuclear Suppliers Group late Thursday night in an effort to persuade them to support the waiver for New Delhi [Images].
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Prime Minister's Special Envoy Shyam Saran met diplomats of these countries soon after the deliberations of the opening day of the two-day meeting of the NSG concluded.
The small group of countries including New Zealand [Images], Austria, Norway, Ireland, The Netherlands and Switzerland [Images] have reservation to grant of waiver to India and raised questions at the NSG meeting on Thursday, particularly with regard to nuclear testing issue.
The Indian delegation met diplomats of these countries in an attempt to allay their apprehensions.
After the day-long deliberations, the NSG appeared to be close to a consensus but few members of the 45-nation grouping are still resisting the contentious issues whether or not there should be a ban on testing in the NSG waiver.
The sceptic countries want the NSG waiver to have a clause for termination of cooperation if India were to conduct a nuclear test.
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India is strongly opposed to such conditions being included in the NSG exemption and a compromise language in the draft waiver is being worked out.
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