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India CNDP Press Release - 11 Oct 2005

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    Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), India Press Release The National Coordination Committee (NCC) of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and
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      Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP),
      India

      Press Release

      The National Coordination Committee (NCC) of the
      Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) – a
      national network of over 200 civil society
      organizations – at its Chennai meeting of Oct. 8-9,
      2005, expressed its disappointment at and disapproval
      of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize (2005) to
      Mohammed El Baradei, the current head of the
      International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

      The IAEA has behaved as a partisan body, allowing
      itself to be suborned and manipulated on various
      occasions by the Nuclear Weapon States (NWSs),
      particularly the US. The latest example is the utterly
      uncalled for and hypocritical Resolution by the IAEA
      Governing Body against Iran. The IAEA has also been a
      lobbying group for promoting nuclear energy industry.
      Given the controversial character of this issue and of
      this industry, such partisan endorsement was the last
      thing to be expected from the Nobel Peace Prize
      Committee.

      The CNDP strongly condemns India’s vote on Sept. 24,
      2005, in favour of the IAEA Resolution on Iran. Given
      the inherently dual-use nature of civilian nuclear
      energy production, any monitoring of this programme
      and its potential for military applications must be
      universal (that is, applicable to all countries,
      including the NWSs), multilateral, transparent and
      carried out by an impartial body, which the IAEA as
      currently constituted is not.

      India’s ambition to emerge as a recognised NWS and to
      further develop its nuclear power industry has led it
      to accept the status of a junior ally of the US in the
      latter’s ongoing project of establishing its
      unchallengeable global dominance. The Indo-US Pact of
      July 18, 2005, preceded by the Joint Defence Framework
      agreement, has paved the way for this degeneration
      wherein India has abandoned its non-aligned and
      independent foreign policy.

      Achin Vanaik (Professor – International Relations,
      Delhi University)
      Praful Bidwai (Independent Journalist and Columnist,
      Delhi)
      J. Sri Raman (Independent Journalist and Columnist
      and Convenor, Movement Against Nuclear Weapons – MANW,
      Chennai)
      M. V. Ramana (Scientist, Cntre for Interdisciplinary
      Studies in Environment and Development – CISED,
      Bangalore)

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