Belarus, India for developing civil nuke ties

NEW DELHI: Keen on developing relations with India in the civil nuclear field, Belarus on Monday promised to work with other Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) members to create a framework for expanded cooperation with New Delhi in this sector.

The two countries decided to set up a joint commission on military-technical cooperation and signed an extradition treaty and four other pacts after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Belarus President A G Lukashenko here.

A joint statement issued after the talks said the two sides recognised that nuclear energy is a "viable, long-term, economical and environmentally-sound" means for electric power generation. They expressed their intention to "broaden and strengthen cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy," it said.

"Belarus will continue to work with the participating governments of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in order to create conditions for the expansion of the framework for cooperation with India in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy," the statement said.

The two sides recognised the importance of application of innovative technologies in the nuclear sphere and noted that their participation in an international project on innovative nuclear reactors being implemented under the aegies of IAEA is an example of effective international cooperation in this regard.