At its meeting from 4 to 6 September in Vienna, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) agreed to make nuclear trade with India possible under certain conditions. Commenting on this development, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (6 September) made the following statement in Avignon, where he is attending the EU Foreign Ministers Meeting:
"I welcome the fact that, after difficult negotiations, the German NSG chairmanship was able to ensure that today's agreement reflected broad acknowledgement of the goal of non-proliferation.
The basis of the decision was the Safeguards Agreement concluded with the IAEA, in which India for the first time pledged to subject its non-military civilian nuclear facilities to international control mechanisms. Thanks to international pressure, India has now issued substantive declarations in which it pledges not to engage in the proliferation of enrichment technology, to set up a national system for controlling exports and to continue its moratorium on nuclear testing."