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We want better N-cooperation: India

By Vinay Shukla in Moscow
October 27, 2005 18:58 IST
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India on Thursday said it hoped the international community will show a better appreciation of its non-proliferation record and open the door for nuclear energy cooperation.

"While steps are being taken in India to further expand our own nuclear energy generation capabilities, international cooperation remains important," External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh said while addressing the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

India has been making intensive diplomatic efforts with the 45-country Nuclear Suppliers Group to elicit their support for resumption of nuclear energy cooperation.

"It is India's expectations that regimes like the NSG would show a better appreciation of India's non-proliferation record and its genuine energy requirements," Singh said.

He said India is keen to expand cooperation with Russia in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

He added India's dialogue with the United States on the subject has led to a far-reaching change in their attitude and countries like Britain and Canada have also signaled their willingness to have nuclear energy cooperation.

"Given our impeccable record on non-proliferation, international cooperation for our civilian nuclear energy sector should be extended without any fear of undermining the global non-proliferation regime," he said.

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