(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 13 , 2008
Time For Withdrawal Has Come: Left Parties
The following is the text of the letter written by general secretaries of the four Left parties to Pranab Mukherjee, convenor of the UPA-Left Committee on Indo-US Nuclear Cooperation on July 8, 2008.
This is regarding your letter dated July 7, 2008. You have stated that a meeting of the UPA-Left Committee on Indo-US Civil Nuclear Cooperation will be held on July 10.
We wish to point out that in the sixth meeting of the Committee held on November 16, 2007, it was decided, regarding the talks with the IAEA, that: “The government will proceed with the talks and the outcome will be presented to the Committee for its consideration before it finalises its findings”.
Till now, the “outcome of the talks”, i.e., the text of the Safeguards Agreements negotiated with the IAEA Secretariat has not been made available to the Committee.
Without the text, the Committee cannot come to any findings.
Since the UPA has refused to provide the text to the members of the Committee, no purpose will be served by having a meeting on July 10.
Further, your proposal for a meeting on the 10th is rendered meaningless since the prime minister, while travelling abroad, has chosen to announce that the government will be going to Board of Governors of the IAEA “very soon”.
As you are aware, the Left parties had decided that if the government goes to the IAEA Board of Governors, they will withdraw support. In view of the prime minister’s announcement, that time has come.