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India has to make compromises on N-separation: France

Ajay Kaul and V Mohan Narayan in New Delhi | February 11, 2006 01:09 IST

France Friday said India will have to make "some compromises" on the issue of separation of its civil and military facilities as lack of consensus in the Nuclear Suppliers Groupcould put any arrangement on nuclear cooperation "on hold".

Though French Ambassador Dominique Girard said some kind of document on civil nuclear cooperation might be signed during the visit of President Jacques Chirac in New Delhi later in February, he noted, "Clearly, India has to make some proposals, some efforts acceptable to us, to the Americans and all the other Nuclear Suppliers Group countries."

While France did not have the "same constraints" as the Americans with regard to public opinion or policy, he said "there are some compromises which have to be made by India".

"Clearly, from the overall political point of view, we have pre-occupations, which are similar to that of the US," he said in an interview to PTI adding, the issue of separation of India's civil and military nuclear facilities was the "most important hurdle" in civilian nuclear cooperation.

He responded to a range of issues covering civilian nuclear energy cooperation, the Clemenceau ship controversy, defence and economic cooperation andexpectations from Chirac's visit from February 19 to 21.

Girard's remarks come close on the heels of the comments by US Ambassador David Mulford that India would have to put "great majority" of its nuclear facilities in the civilian side failing which the American Congress would think New Delhi has an agenda different from that of developing civilian nuclear industry.

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Sub: compromise!! not at all..

compromise what for... it is simply business.. why they r coming forward to include us.. it is simply put there fear.. after long resisting NPT ...

Posted by prashant

Sub: Nuclear Deal seems like blown away!!

There you go yet another government crumbling under pressure. I just don't understand why all the parties after coming to power seem like they are ...

Posted by Ashish

Sub: Why do we have to kiss their asses?

We have done everything like an obedient kid that uncle Sam told us to do. He said ditch Iran, we ditched it. Now what exactly ...

Posted by Yash

Sub: India has to make compromises?Why?

Why doesn't the Indian govt.simply hand over the country to a western country like the US,UK or France?Instead of clearly showing that they are willing ...

Posted by swati ahuja

Sub: THey are trying to curb INDIAN's defense capabilities

These Americans & French are just trying to curb INDIA's nuclear capabilities. I hate them for their double standards which they always use against INDIA. ...

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