UPA-Left panel on nuke deal meets but no solution in sight

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) The UPA-Left Coordination Committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal held a two-hour meeting here this evening but an end to the logjam over the pact did not appear in sight.

A statement read out by Committee Convener and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee after the meeting said the members ''expressed the hope that the issues currently before it would be addressed in an appropriate manner and the operationalisation of the deal will take into account its findings.'' This was the fifth meeting of the high-powered panel, which comprises representatives of the UPA and the Left parties. The next meeting of the panel would be held on November 16.

A few hours before the committee's meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is understood to have expressed his displeasure to Congress' allies in the UPA for going public with their stand on the deal, causing him extreme embarrassment.

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