CPI(M) condomns US Presidential Determination

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) The Presidential Determination sent to the US Congress, contradicts the claims made by the UPA Government that it has got guarantees for permanent fuel supplies and on perpetual safeguards, said a CPI(M) statement issued here today.

The party says the covering note of the Determination states that there are no legally binding assurances on the US for fuel supply. It also makes clear that the IAEA safeguards are in perpetuity and not as Indian officials have claimed. Thus, while the US does not assure nuclear fuel supply, India has accepted its safeguards in perpetuity.

Further, it would be recalled that the Hyde Act had a specific condition regarding India's cooperation with the US policy on Iran.

The party statement further said that the Indian Government had repetedly stated that the Hyde Act was not binding on it. The NSG waiver, qouted Pranab Mukerjee's september 8 statement that India would join international efforts to stop the spread of enrichment and repreocessing technologies, an obvious reference to Iran. The Presidential Determination reiterates this. It states, ''India will now support the United States and international efforts to prevent the spread of enrichment and reprocessing technologies to any state that does not already possess full scale, functioning enrichment or reprocessing plants.'' Clearly India has succumbed to US pressure to deny Iran the rights it has as a non signatory to the NPT. On all these issues it is the Hyde Act which has prevailed. This is precisely what the left parties have been saying, the CPI (M) said.

The Bush Determination once more proves that Indian Government has consistently misled the people of this country, the statement added.


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