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Australia backs India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group

exclamation-Australia supports India’s NSG membership, Live Mint 19 Nov 13 Julie Bishop says Australia’s decision acknowledges India’s emergence as a major producer and potential exporter of nuclear energy and technology  Elizabeth Roche New Delhi: In a sign that Australia’s new Liberal Party government headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott intends to deepen a strategic partnership with India, Australia on Monday announced its support for India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the global cartel that controls the sale of nuclear materials, including fuel and technology to ensure that civilian nuclear exports are not diverted for military purposes.

The announcement—which is the first public endorsement by Australia of India’s candidature—was made after talks between visiting Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop and Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi……..
Long considered a pariah for not having signed up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and having conducting nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998, India came in from the cold when it signed a landmark civil nuclear deal with the US in 2008 that ended 34 years of embargo against the South Asian country engaging in civil nuclear commerce.
Since then India has been seeking membership of export control groups including the NSG.
“India has been seen as a rule breaker in the past and been on the margins of international rule making. Membership of the NSG will allow India to be part of the rule making process,” a person close to the developments said.
Besides the NSG, India is seeking membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime, or MTCR, an informal and voluntary association of countries that share the goals of non-proliferation of unmanned delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction, the Wassenaar Arrangement ……
The statement added that Australia and India have entered negotiations for a bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement which would provide for the sale of Australian uranium to India, subject to safeguards and other requirements being met. “The third round of negotiations will take place in New Delhi on 26-27 November,” it added…….

November 19, 2013 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international

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