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N-deal: Pranab hopeful of resolving impasse with Left
September 22, 2007 16:39 IST
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that he was hopeful of resolving the stand-off over the contentious Indo-US nuclear deal at the crucial meeting scheduled to be held between the United Progressive Alliance and Left on October 5.
Mukherjee told reporters in Kolkata that two meetings had already been held between the UPA and Left, adding that exchange of notes had also taken place.
"I am hopeful that the issue would get resolved then," he said of the UPA-Left meet on the nuclear deal on October 5.
Mukherjee, who is the convenor of the committee said, "We have received three notes from the Left on the nuclear deal. We have already replied to two of them, a third note has come, which will be discussed at the meeting on October 5."
The committee has met for the second time on September 19.
The Left parties had rejected the government's note given to them earlier, saying, "We are not convinced about even a single contention of the government," and had given a 12-page rejoinder on their concerns over the deal.
Mukherjee's comment came amid continuing confrontation between government and Left parties on the nuclear deal.
The Left parties, providing outside support to the government, have demanded a six-month pause for implementing the deal.