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Left waiting for PM's statement on Bush visit

Written by: Staff
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Bangalore, Mar 04: The Left Parties will take a decision on its future course of action after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh makes a statement on US President George Bush's recent visit to India and the agreements signed by both the leaders in Parliament, in Parliament on March six.

Informing this at a press conference here today, CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said the Left Parties had already made it clear to the Prime Minister the adverse effects of signing a nuclear deal with the US. However, Dr Singh went ahead with the pact and the parties were now waiting for his statement on the issue.

Charging the US with adopting a carrot and stick policy to make India fall in line with its trade designs, he urged the Centre not to abide by the N-deal till US Congress amended its laws in tune with the agreement.

Opposing any distinction between nuclear programmes for civilian and military purposes, Mr Yechury said the Government should not lose its lien on ensuring safeguards, inspection and maintenance of its installations as dependence on external agencies could cause inordinate delays, thereby hampering research and other related activities.

Stating that the Iran Nuclear issue should be sorted out within the ambit of the International Atomic Energy Agency and not be taken to the United Nations Security Council as desired by the US, he exuded confidence that the UPA government would not side the US in this regard.

UNI

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