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No meaning in another meeting, says Left

Vinay Kumar

NEW DELHI: The four major Left parties on Monday reacted angrily to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement from Japan that the UPA government would move the International Atomic Energy Agency “very soon.” to seal the safeguards agreement.

They said there was “no meaning” in holding yet another meeting of the United Progressive Alliance-Left panel on the civilian nuclear deal.

Dr. Singh’s statement came shortly after External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in a letter to the Left parties, said a “draft report” of the committee was ready and it could be considered at a meeting of the panel on July 10.

“The CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc are meeting on Tuesday and we will give our reaction to Dr. Singh’s statement and Mr. Mukherjee’s proposal at that time,” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told The Hindu.

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