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Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson response to a question on US Rep. Lantos's remarks

New Delhi
June 23, 2006 

“There have been a number of US Senators and Congressmen who have expressed different views concerning the Indo-US nuclear agreement. 

We have been negotiating the nuclear deal with the US Administration on the premise that it is an agreement about civil nuclear energy cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit. The agreement would have to be based on the reciprocal commitments incorporated in the Indo-US Joint Statement of July 18, 2005 and the elements contained in India's Separation Plan, which was submitted to Parliament on March 11, 2006. This is our understanding with the US Administration, which has the responsibility for bringing about a change in US legislation to enable full civil nuclear energy cooperation between our two countries.”