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Taken aback by what it describes as "propaganda'' in Sri Lanka against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India has offered to discuss the safety aspect of the pressurized water reactors with Lankan authorities. The dialogue mechanism between the two nations for cooperation on nuclear issues will include talks on Kudankulam safety when a Sri Lankan committee visits India later this year.

"The safety aspect will be a part of the broader agenda for talks over cooperation in nuclear energy but we are already telling them that India will abide by all international conventions over nuclear safety at Kudankulam,'' said an official dealing with Sri Lanka.

Although the government in Sri Lanka has not raised any objection to the reactors, the Indian establishment in Colombo has been stunned by a spate of reports in the local media — in the run-up to loading of fuel in the first unit at Kudankulam - about how these reactors were going to adversely impact the island nation. Earlier this week, the Indian high commission issued a clarification saying that safety measures instituted at the plant were of the highest order.

"India is party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (1994), Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident (1986), and the Convention on Assistance in the case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency and is fully aware of, and complies with, its obligations under these conventions," it said.

"The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a state-of-the-art plant that is compliant with the highest safety standards available in the nuclear industry today,'' it added.

While it is well known that India's vote in favour of a US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council against Sri Lanka has infused fresh life into anti-India elements in the country, Indian officials have been surprised by the intensity of what seems like a hate campaign against New Delhi.

Apart from those on Kudankulam, there has been another series of reports about India aiming its missiles at Lanka's strategic installations. Indian officials, for weeks, looked upon these reports as too frivolous to merit any reaction but were forced to issue a statement on Thursday after these refused to die down.

"Speculation on such sensitive issues, in a manner calculated to mislead, is out of tune with the spirit of the friendly and close relations India and Sri Lanka enjoy, including in the fields of defence and security,'' said the high commission statement, adding that India's indigenous missile programme was defensive in nature. (The Times of India)

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  • Mohammed Hiraz Saturday, 29 September 2012 03:11 PM

    I hope this is very dangerous for srilankan bright future??? we should take action in UN against this

    Menike Saturday, 29 September 2012 03:21 PM

    Spirit of freindly and close relations with Sri Lanka? Prove it. So far what applies is with friends like these who needs enemies!

    Nodrog Saturday, 29 September 2012 04:54 AM

    India's nuclear safety record has not been without incidents. Their own citizens are protesting against the plant and they want to convince us of its safety? Even Japan with all its safety measures could not control damage being done when the tsunami struck. For the sake of future generations we must stand our ground on this issue and not let it pass.

    MrFantastic Saturday, 29 September 2012 11:22 PM

    BUT its still indian!

    Nodrog Sunday, 30 September 2012 04:14 AM

    If you still dont know, try Google. Theres a list of embarrassing incidents to jog your memory. And if you think India can do as they want and jeopardize the safety of SL then you are as ignorant as the engineers who think they can operate at 100% safety.

    Lobo Sunday, 30 September 2012 05:15 AM

    If you think India can simply disregard regional safety issues and do as she pleases then you need a quick reality check. Even Indians are protesting the opening of the plant so what does that tell you? Why should India feel threatened by the aid from China to SL? You don't want to help, and even if you do it comes with many unfair conditions, and you don't want others to help.

    punchi Sunday, 30 September 2012 12:53 PM

    think hard before you publish....@ raviraj
    this is a health hazard erespective country class religion and etc. This even effects plants /animals.....!!!!!!!!!!!

    xlntgson Saturday, 29 September 2012 10:28 AM

    India needs power for its massive development, and there is severe power cut stifling growth. Nuke plant for power is by Russians, therefore Americans increase the fear of villagers to protest while western inspired lawyers seek Russian liability at the sametime embracing Walmarts opening doors to Western companies, then how, sidelined Russia pay for potential disaster. India can't disband the power plant now full fledged and in operational stage. If there is such a danger scientists won't stay near with families. There is no alternative to it because not much electricity generated by solar wind bio energies.

    peeda mossa Saturday, 29 September 2012 11:34 AM

    Being in the close proximity to our west coast, Kandankulam power plant will certainly pose a threat to Lanka. But right now we face the threat of two volcanoes spewing fire and smoke, Jayalalitha and Vaiko !

    raviraj Saturday, 29 September 2012 01:05 PM

    can you mention just one nuclear incident in India?
    India should not waste its time trying to explain SL. Who in SL knows anything about nuclear energy or safety.
    It is India's requirements and they should just ignore SL, do they consider India's safety when openly embrassing China


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