EAM: Deal can neither be mended nor be ended; Government keen to make safeguards document public; Advani calls for amending Atomic Energy Act for insulating India from Hyde Act implications; EAM to meet Bush and Rice during Washington visit
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  • The debate on the nuclear deal continued following the UPA-Left coordination committee meeting during the week wherein both the UPA and the Left sought more time. Responding to statements from the opposition in the Parliament that the government should either “mend or end the nuclear deal,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee stated that the government was at such a stage in the dialogue where it could neither end it nor mend it1. The Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani in an interview also called for amending the Atomic Energy Act so that India will be insulated from the implications of the Hyde Act2.

    Meanwhile, reports indicated that the government was keen to make public the safeguards pact with the IAEA to enable it to arrive at a broad consensus. Reports also noted that the UN’s nuclear watch dog and the government had an informal agreement to make the document public simultaneously3.