OTTAWA, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation (CIF) applauds the
decision by the Harper Government to support the nuclear safeguards agreement
signed between India and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"This agreement is an important first step in bringing India into the
international nuclear safeguards regime," said Ajit Someshwar, Convener, CIF.
"We applaud Prime Minister Harper and the Government of Canada for acting to
end thirty four years of bureaucratic hostility towards India by voting at the
IAEA to accept India as a responsible nuclear power."
Since 1974, Canada has seen India as a non-conforming nation for failing
to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty. These vestiges of cold war attitudes
have prevented Canada for developing robust political, diplomatic and economic
relations with the world's largest democracy, India, a country with which we
have much in common, including our shared commitment to help bring democracy
and development to Afghanistan.
"Canada's vote is very significant," said Dr. Ashok Kapur, Senior Fellow,
CIF and one of the world's leading experts on Canada-India nuclear relations.
"It is a signal that the Harper Government is prepared to embark on a new and
exciting chapter in strengthening political and bilateral relations with
"CIF urges Prime Minister Harper to support India at the upcoming vote at
the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting scheduled for August 21st," added
Someshwar. "With Canada's support and that of other NSG members, India stands
poised to launch a new wave of development based on clean energy to meet its
growing demand. This will have positive implications for bilateral trade,
investment, and employment."
Canada India Foundation ("CIF") is a national not for profit organization
established in 2007 and dedicated to promoting bi-lateral relations between
Canada and India, while working to secure and promote the interests of
Canada's dynamic Indo-Canadian community within the Canadian mosaic.
For further information:
For further information: Ajit Someshwar, Convener, (416) 854-8600