whether or not the french are more honest is debatable.
but having a second supplier is very good for india's buyer power.
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Date: Feb 20, 2006 11:40 PM
Subject: India, France agree on civilian nuclear cooperation
To: Rajeev Srinivasan <firstname.lastname@example.org >
What do you think of this agreement? On a quick glance it looks much more honest than the one signed by the yanks, particularly this one does not say anything about bringing the existing facilities under IAEA inspection. Of course any day they can go back, that is another matter. What's your take?
India, France agree on civilian nuclear cooperation
|NEW DELHI, FEB 20 (PTI) |
Inking a declaration on civilian nuclear cooperation, India and France today outlined the parameters of an intended agreement with both sides committing that the cooperation in the field would be subject to "appropriate safeguards" agreements with the IAEA.
In the Declaration on Development of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes, the two sides said that they looked forward to "adjustment of international civil nuclear cooperation framework" with respect to India and pledged to work to that end so that the agreement can be implemented fully.
Expressing willingness to expand and strengthen their bilateral dialogue on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the two sides said they would engage in discussions to conclude the agreement subject to their "respective international commitments and obligations".
The Declaration was signed by Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar and French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy in presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and French President Jacques Chirac after their talks here.
"France and India will ensure that cooperation pursuant to the future agreement shall be exclusively for peaceful purposes and covered where applicable by appropriate safeguards with the IAEA," it said.
"The cooperation agreement, and, as appropriate, subsequent specific agreements, will also address issues relating to inter alia confidentiality of information, third party nuclear liability, intellectual property, measures relating to physical protection and retransfers to third states," it said.
Public awareness and acceptance of the benefits of the use of nuclear energy exclusively for peaceful purposes and in any other field as jointly agreed by the parties to that agreement could also be covered under the pact.
In the declaration, the two sides noted that cooperation under the future agreement may take the following forms: exchange and training of scientific and technical staff; exchange of scientific and technical information; participation by scientific and technical staff of one party in research and development activities conducted by the other party.