Vienna: As India hopes to resume nuclear commerce with the global community after a gap of 34 years, the IAEA Board of Governors meets here tomorrow in a crucial session to consider for approval a key step for operationalisation of the Indo-US nuclear deal.
If the 35-member Board approves the India-specific safeguards agreement by consensus leading to the signing of an unprecedented document, it would pave the way for India’s integration into the world of nuclear commerce.
“Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar, who has already arrived in Vienna, will have a series of meetings to ensure a smooth sailing at the IAEA Board of Governors and the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” sources said.
He is expected to hold talks with all NSG members also during his stay to bring them on board for giving India a “clean and unconditional waiver” ahead of the group’s first meeting early next month. India is a member of IAEA but not the NSG.
Kakodkar told PTI he would take part in all discussions including the negotiations that are underway on an Additional Protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The IAEA agreement will form the basis for approaching the Nuclear Suppliers Group for removal of restrictions on nuclear trade with India and the so-called bilateral agreement with US in the form of the 123 Agreement which gives exemption to New Delhi for nuclear commerce with that country.