Text on govt's negotiations with IAEA is confidential: Pranab

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New Delhi, Jul 8 (UNI) The government today told the Left Parties in no ''uncertain terms'' it could not give the full text of its negotiations with the IAEA on India-specific safeguards agreement to them as ''it is highly confidential''.

A letter to this effect by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the convenor of the UPA-Left panel on the deal, was delivered this afternoon to the offices of the four Left parties-- who have decided to withdraw support to the government.

A Left leader confirmed the receipt of the letter and told UNI, ''The letter says that the summary of the text on the safeguards agreement has already been given to us. It also says that the full text cannot be shared with the us as it is highly confidential.'' The letter is in response to the Left parties meeting with Mr Mukherjee this morning wherein they had given the ground and reasons for their decision to withdraw the support.

''In view of the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the government would approach the IAEA very soon, that time (for withdrawal) has now come,'' the parties had said.

Yesterday, Mr Mukherjee in a letter had proposed to the Left parties that another meeting of the UPA-Left panel on the deal should be held on July 10 to further discuss the issue.

The Left parties, however, in their joint meeting today rejected Mr Mukherjee's proposal saying since the Prime Minister has already announced the government's decision to approach the IAEA, there was no point discussing the issue.


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