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Nuclear Deal Not Gone Yet: Singh IBSA Nuclear Buzz in Johannesburg

Posted by K.E. White on October 17, 2007

Manmohan Singh

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh makes nuclear buzz with his meeting with leaders of Brazil and South Africa, for the second India-Brazil-South Africa Summit (IBSA).

From NDTV:

In his bilateral talks with [Thabo] Mbeki [Luis Inacio] Lula, the Prime Minister will try to garner support of South Africa and Brazil for the India-US nuclear deal.

It is a diplomatic exercise that is also aimed at getting across the message back home that India may have put its safeguards negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on hold but plans to keep its NSG diplomacy on track.

What’s the IBSA?

 

It’s a formal meeting of the leaders of India, Brazil and South Africa—leading nations of Asia, South America and Africa. The summits emerged out of earlier meetings between the nations’ foreign ministers.

Manmohan Singh, Thabo Mbeki and Luis Inacio Lula

AllAfrica.com gives this summit rundown:

The Summit of Heads of State and Government will be preceded by an IBSA Ministerial Working Breakfast hosted by Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma with her counterparts from India and Brazil, Foreign Ministers Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Dr Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

It is expected that a number of trilateral agreements will be signed following the meeting of Heads of State and Government focusing on shipping, ICT and energy India-Brazil-SA have very vibrant democracies, common views on major global issues and are substantial players in their respective sub-regional economies.

Collectively India, Brazil and South Africa have a population of over 1.3 billion people and a combined market of almost U.S. $2 trillion.

For interested readers, here’s the first IBSA summit’s joint communiqué and the 2005 closing statement from a 2005 IBSA Dialogue Forum.

And The Citizen shows the soccer-connection between South Africa (2010 World Cup host) and Brazil:

Ahead of serious political, economic and social discussions between the leaders, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva congratulated President Thabo Mbeki on winning the rights to hold the World Cup in South Africa.

“I (also) want to congratulate you because South Africa has decided to hire a Brazilian coach who has a long track record… winning the world cup in the past,” Lula da Silva said.

 

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2 Responses to “Nuclear Deal Not Gone Yet: Singh IBSA Nuclear Buzz in Johannesburg”

  1. L.S.,

    the whole southern hemisphere of the planet we live on is covered by Nuclear Weapon Free Zones:
    The Antarctic Treaty, for the Antarctic territory; the Treaty of Tlatelolco, governing Latin America and the Caribbean; and the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba).

    Therefor it was a shock for me to read:

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh makes nuclear buzz with his meeting with leaders of Brazil and South Africa, for the second India-Brazil-South Africa Summit (IBSA).

    In his bilateral talks with [Thabo] Mbeki [Luis Inacio] Lula, the Prime Minister will try to garner support of South Africa and Brazil for the India-US nuclear deal.

    It is a diplomatic exercise that is also aimed at getting across the message back home that India may have put its safeguards negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on hold but plans to keep its NSG diplomacy on track.

    See for the story:

    https://proliferationpress.wordpress.com/2007/10/17/nuclear-deal-not-gone-yet-singh-ibsa-nuclear-buzz-in-johannesburg/

    _Now the questions raise_:

    Are the leaders of Brazil and South Africa unaware of the military aspect of the US-India nuclear deal?

    Are the leaders of Brazil and South Africa unaware of the that India deploys Nuclear Weapons, although it is not a member of the NPT and certainly not an official Nuclear Weapon State according the NPT?

    Are the leaders of Brazil and South Africa unaware of the fact that India will use the US-India nuclear deal to free up indigenous Uranium to even build more Nuclear Weapons in their “declared military part of their” Nuclear Industry?

    If the answer is _yes_ to the above questions then this might be the moment to ask the leaders of Brazil and South Africa, if their possible support of the US-India nuclear deal is not in conflict with their countries being part of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone?

    Ak Malten,
    Global Anti-Nuclear Alliance

  2. […] keithedwhite wrote a fantastic post today on “Nuclear Deal Not Gone Yet: Singh IBSA Nuclear Buzz in Johannesburg”Here’s ONLY a quick extractAnd The Citizen shows the soccer-connection between South Africa (2010 World Cup host) and Brazil:. Ahead of serious political, economic and social discussions between the leaders, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva … […]

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