NSG draft ver 2.0: Reax
Reuter's man in Vienna, Mark Heinrich, is a formidable reporter with great contacts so when he writes something, it is worth taking seriously. His dispatch today has initial reactions from unnamed "diplomats" to the revised draft proposal circulated over the weekend seeking an exemption for India from the Nuclear Suppliers Group's export rules:
[D]iplomats said the new waiver text bore only cosmetic changes in the face of Indian insistence on a "clean" exemption and this made it unlikely a follow-up NSG conclave set for Thursday and Friday could agree a solution...PTI also quotes the Arms Control Association's Daryll Kimball, making a similar prediction, though his claim about the new draft making "no substantive concessions" rings hollow since it is obvious he hasn't set eyes on the text yet. Kimball and Sharon Squassoni from the CEIP are holding a press conference to denounce the move on September 2. Let's hope they at least get the draft by then...
"Agreement looks unlikely this week. The red lines of India and concerned NSG members remain too far apart. India will have to give more," said one diplomat, who like others asked for anonymity as the nuclear bloc's deliberations are confidential.
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