Switzerland takes U-turn; India NSG bid hangs in balance

By: | Updated: June 24, 2016 11:30 AM

India's not being a part of Non-proliferation treaty (NPT) states has come back to haunt it after Switzerland, which had earlier extended its complete support for its Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) bid, did an U-turn citing nuclear worries.

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“We have promised India support in its efforts to become a member of NSG,” Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann had said at a joint media interaction. (Pic: Reuters)

India’s not being a part of Non-proliferation treaty (NPT) states has come back to haunt it after Switzerland, which had earlier extended its complete support for its Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) bid, did an U-turn citing nuclear worries.

During the NSG Annual Plenary meeting in Seoul, India’s hopes of becoming a member of the nuclear club of 48 nations looked bright, but as per the recent turn of events, apart from Switzerland and China, even New Zealnd, Turkey and Ireland among others, have opposed the bid, even though Brazil supported India’s bid for NSG but has called for a common criteria for all non-NPT states.

On June 6, when PM Narendra Modi visited Switzerland it had assured India of its support.

“We have promised India support in its efforts to become a member of NSG,” Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann had said at a joint media interaction.

PM Modi in turn had said, “I am thankful to the President for Switzerland’s understanding and support for India’s membership of the NSG.”

Meanwhile China, continuing its role as a dampener, has said that the NSG will not discuss India’s membership bid, unless it signs the NPT, as it is a major criteria set up by the NSG.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is presently in Seoul to lobby for India’s entry into the elite group.

The NSG deals with issues related to the nuclear technology and if India gets its membership it will help in expanding its atomic energy sector.

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