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'Nuke deal sans 4 considerations not acceptable'

By Super

New Delhi, Mar 03: The CPI(M) today (Mar 03, 2006) categorically said it would not support the Indo-US nuclear deal until it encompassed four crucial principles, including India's independent nuclear programme and the reciprocity on the part of the US in its implementation.

The Left party also refused to buy Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 'implicit suggestion' that the deal ensured India's automatic inclusion in the 'new nuclear world'. "We cannot support this deal as the US has the infamous history of going back on such agreements, in particular the supply of nuclear fuel for the Tarapur Plant and the Pressler amendments", CPI(M) leaders told mediapersons at a press conference in the Parliament premises.

Party's leader in the Rajya Sabha Nilotpal Basu said in the absence of authentic documents, they were just giving their preliminary reaction to the deal, which they characterised as 'very complex'. "Besides the deal, there are the issues of separation of civil and military nuclear installations, a broader strategic partnership, scientefic cooperation in agriculture and bio-technology", he said.

Earlier, senior leader and politburo member Sitaram Yechury told UNI that the separation programme for civil and nuclear establishments should be the sole and sovereign prerogative of India.

Mr Yechury, a Rajya Sabha member, however, lauded Dr Singh for not making the deal public before taking the parliament into confidence. "He is expected to make a statement on the issue on Monday", he added.

The left leaders said already talks were doing the rounds that the final agreement had yet to be worked out. "When the US fully conforms to the agreement, only then it will be deem to be finalised", they said.

In reply to a specific reply, they said their party was not in favour of India becoming part of the NPT as it was against the very basis of multi-polarism.

"Besides the treaty is discriminatory, promotes jingoism and the proliferation agenda of some super nuclear powers and does not pursue the goal of global disarmament", they said. The CPI(M) leaders said another important question pertained the kind of facilities India had offered to IAEA for inspection and reminded the government that the US Frame Plan for Asia was to promote unipolarism in the world, "which is contradictory vis a vis the CMP". Party's Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha Rupchand Pal, who also addressed the press conference, said anoher cause for concern was the inclusion of MNC like the Cargill and Wall-mart on the Governing Council of the Joint Research Group which would set the agenda for the research.

Replying to a specific query regarding the US advocacy of hydro carbon resources for energy use, Mr Basu quipped that if "that was the case the US should immediately quit Iraq, the second-largest oil producing country which it invaded and continues to occupy for the sake of crude oil only". In reply to another question, the Left leaders said they would have no objection to the deal if their 'apprehensions' were removed and the corrective measures included in the deal". "However, much will depend on the follow-up action by the US", they noted.

On China's suggestion that India should now become a member of NPT, the Left leaders rejected the proposal saying that traditionally their stand has been that "the NPT is a discriminatory treaty and any bilateral nuclear agreement between India and the US does not make it non-discriminatory".


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