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9:29 am - Thursday December 8, 2016

India, Russia affirm commitment to KNPP, civil n-cooperation

PM MANMOHAN SINGH  IN  MOSCOWMoscow:  India and Russia today affirmed their   commitment to the construction of additional nuclear power plant  units at Kudankulam site as well as in the construction of Russian  designed Nuclear Power Plants at new sites in India, concluded on  December 5, 2008.

A Joint Statement issued after the summit-level talks between  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin here said the two sides emphasised the need to facilitate cooperation among power sector companies of both the countries to modernise existing power plants and construction of new power plants in India.

The two leaders held restricted talks for nearly 90 minutes which were follOwed by delegation-level discussions.

Dr Manmohan Singh and Mr Putin also stressed the need to adhere to the Agreement in the use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes and the Road Map for the Serial Construction of the Russian designed Nuclear Power Plants in India, concluded on March 12, 2010.

An accord was also reached to expeditiously finalise the General Framework Agreement and the Techno-Commercial offer for Units-3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP).

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the progress in the  commissioning of KNPP Unit-1 and agreed to take necessary steps  to expedite the completion of Unit-2.  Five agreements, including a Treaty on transfer of sentenced persons, were also signed after the talks.

Recalling the Moscow Declaration on International Terrorism signed on November 6, 2001, the two countries affirmed the need to join efforts of all States to defeat terrorism.

They condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed that there should be no tolerance for sheltering, arming, training, or financing of terrorists.

‘’In multi-ethnic and democratic societies such as India and the Russian Federation, terrorist acts perpetrated under misleading slogans are in reality attacks on the freedom and democratic values of our societies and are aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of our nations.

‘’Such acts may have international linkages extending across and beyond the borders,’’ the Joint Statement said.

It said that States that provide aid, abetment and shelter for such terrorist activities were themselves as guilty as the actual perpetrators of terrorism. Both sides reaffirmed the obligation of all states to eliminate terrorism from their territories and areas under their control.

‘’They need to irreversibly shut down terrorist networks, organisations and infrastructure, and show tangible movement in investigating and bringing quickly to justice all those responsible for acts of terrorism,’’ the Joint Statement said     Both countries further agreed that there could be no ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic, or any other justification to acts of terrorism.

Posted in: Nation

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