France, India sign civilian nuclear
Feb 20, 2006 - UPI
NEW DELHI - India and France put aside their
current disagreements to conclude a civilian nuclear
agreement that they said will be for peaceful purposes.
The agreement was signed in New Delhi following talks
between visiting French President Jacques Chirac and
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reports the
The report noted the countries are involved in a
dispute over a decommissioned French aircraft carrier
that was not allowed to proceed to India to be scrapped
because of concerns it contained hazardous materials.
Another issue relates to a hostile bid, which Chirac
is not happy about, by India-born steel tycoon Lakshmi
Mittal for the steel company Arcelor.
After concluding the deal, Singh told a news conference,
"We appreciate France's support for the ongoing effort
to enable full civilian nuclear energy co-operation
between India and the international community."
India and the United States also are trying to conclude
a similar deal that is completed before U.S. President
George W. Bush visits India in March.