13 Sep :In the backdrop of a fresh controversy triggered by US President George Bush’s contention on fuel supplies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sought to allay any concerns, asserting the 123 agreement is binding on all parties concerned.
Singh told a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in New Delhi on Saturday that there is no cause for concern on any aspect of the Indo-US nuclear deal, said a party leader who attended the day-long deliberations.
The Prime Minister said an international agreement is binding on all parties concerned.
This assumes significance as it comes in the backdrop of Bush’s memorandum to the US Congress in which he said the 123 agreement records certain political commitments concerning reliable nuclear fuel supply assurances but does not transform them into legally binding commitments.
India is apparently unhappy over Bush’s observation and Ministry of External Affairs on Friday issued a statement, asserting that the 123 agreement, once operational, will be a "legal document" in accordance with "well-recognised principles" of international law and the Law of Treaties.
The MEA asserted that India’s civil nuclear cooperation with the US will be "guided" only by the 123 agreement which clearly spells out the respective rights and obligations of the two countries.