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India exemption: NSG to decide on Sept 2- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times
WASHINGTON : Even as diplomatic initiatives to ensure the support of all Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries hot up, India and the US have decided to schedule a second meeting of the group on September 2.

The second meeting would be crucial as this is where the NSG countries will vote on whether to give India an exemption to undertake international nuclear trade. The first meeting scheduled for August 21 will give India and the US the opportunity to explain the merits of the India-US civilian nuclear trade and also answer any questions the NSG countries have on the exemption draft, which was circulated last week.

New Zealand and some European countries, which have strong non-proliferation roots, are expected to raise objections. The gap between the two meetings has also been worked out in such a way so that representatives attending the August 21 meeting have time to go back and explain the deal to their respective governments.

For India, Switzerland, New Zealand, Austria, Ireland and the Netherlands are the toughest NSG countries who have opposed exempting India for civilian nuclear trade.
by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:27:36 PM EST
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