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N-deal: Left parties submit note to UPA-Left panel

September 14, 2007 17:50 IST

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The Left parties on Friday submitted their views to the United Progressive Alliance-Left Committee about the implications of the Hyde Act on India's foreign and security policies as well as on self-reliance in the nuclear sector.

"We have submitted a joint note, which details our apprehensions about the implications of the India-United States nuclear agreement, to the committee," said sources in the Left Front.

The note covers various aspects of the issue, including the Left's fear that the deal will not cover the entire nuclear fuel cycle and deny access to technologies relating to enrichment, reprocessing and heavy water production.

The document also highlights the Left's concerns about pursuance of an independent foreign policy by the government and US designs to include India into a wide-ranging strategic alliance, they said.

Most of these concerns have already been made public by the Left parties in the past few weeks. The Left Front is also apprehensive about how India will guard against disruption of supplies and build a strategic fuel reserve to cover the lifetime of the nuclear reactors, sources said.

The joint note of the Left is also understood to have raised the issue of annual certification clause, under which India's role in international affairs will be tested to see whether it was congruent with US policies or not.

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