New Delhi, India: Aug. 20, 2008 – Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist from India – There are two crucial days left for the Indo-US nuclear deal and the most difficult one, since some of the members are adamant to oppose the deal including New Zealand.
Prime Minister Helen Clark said that New Zealand, as a nuclear free state, was really concerned about the deal. She said, “There would be no secret that we would like to examine more conditions attached to the agreement. We are pursing this diplomatically.”
The decisive two day meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group is to begin in Vienna to consider whether to make an unprecedented change in their rules for India as a special case. The main question that haunts most of the country is why India be treated as an exception and given the privilege out of the normal conditions particularly when India is such a country who has not signed the NPT?
The nuclear deal cannot go ahead without the NSG’s approval and it has to work by consensus.
The US Administration has done its maximum space work to help India to get through the hurdle of NSG but there are certain countries who are still seriously considering the clause why India be favored when it has not signed the NPT?
American lobbies have exerted their extra ordinary influence over such countries whose support to India is doubtful in the upcoming meeting in Vienna and they are confident that their diplomatic pressure shall most certainly work to get India through this hurdle.
In a statement Ireland has said, “Since the deal was first mooted, Ireland has been to the fore in raising questions and expressing serious concerns, particularly about its effects on the international non-proliferation regime.
After the American influence and diplomatic pressure exerted on the, they added to their statement that they are well aware of the importance attached to the deal by India, and of the considerable support which exists for it. We are currently examining the text of the US proposal. The draft decision has clear implications for the NPT and non-proliferation regime.”
Though Ireland has given their mind that they still have serious concerns may not support India blindly, but the American lobbies are confident that their persuasion would work and they would soften their stand in favor of India and their subsequent statement has raised high hopes in favor of India.
Top Indian officials led by the Foreign Secretary are in Vienna are also busy to do their last minute lobbying.
Despite problems likely to be created by certain countries in the meeting, the deal shall definitely go through and the meeting at Vienna shall clear the passage for India, what come may, and the main credit goes to American efforts, whose prestige is also at stake if the deal fails and US Administration would not let it happen and even otherwise, India’s stars are in their favor.