This historic document needs the usual careful analysis.
"Mehru Jaffer, Indo-Asian News Service
Vienna, September 04, 2008
First Published: 19:45 IST(4/9/2008)
Last Updated: 19:56 IST(4/9/2008)
NSG draft may be altered to accomodate members' concerns"IOW, this is old and dated Sep. 4, which was yesterday
"The US has pledged to revise the draft and serious attempts are being made in that direction," a diplomat attending the two-day meeting said.They are trying to find someone who knows how to use the "tracking" feature in MSWORD
William Burns, US under secretary of state for political affairs who was specially flown in to Vienna by the Bush administration for the occasion, also confirmed that attempts were on to accommodate concerns of NSG members.
"While a number of representatives here have raised important questions that need to be addressed, the discussion have been constructive
and really aimed at reaching an early consensus
," Burns said while addressing a press conference within two hours of the NSG meeting.
Season tickets to the Swiss resorts were liberally passed around. Also several packets of BROOKLAX
The NSG members broke their first session after three hours (effect of BROOKLAX)
and went into an extended lunch break that lasted nearly four hours
. [i]very short, by Spanish and Belgian standards
The long break was used for consultations with the Indian delegation that included Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and the prime minister's special representative Shyam Saran to see whether the new language in the draft was acceptable to them. The light beer seemed to have no effect compared to 400-proof Kerala "Canal-Perungi" and Bombay hooch
But indications suggest that it will be more of a tweaking with the language
in the draft rather than preparing yet another document. (Where it said: "Hereinafter referred to as NSG" it will be changed to "Hereinafter referred to as NSG and Six-Pack")
"The truth is that before us we have a historic opportunity to end more than three decades of India's isolation from the nuclear regime and that opportunity warrants the extraordinary efforts we are making
," Burns told reporters. Meaning, more than 2 hours of work in a day.
"The steps we are considering for India will strengthen non-proliferation and help to welcome one of the world's largest economies and the world's largest democracy more fully
into the global fold," Burns, who is Washington's pointsman on the India-US nuclear deal, said. (as opposed to "fully")
"I believe we are making steady progress in this process and that we will continue to make progress," Burns added. (IOW, the plane is still on the taxiway, and there are only 25 ahead of it waiting to be de-iced and there's 20 minutes left for the pilot's 8-hours to be up)
Six countries in the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers' Group that were opposed to a "clean waiver" for India said they were going to play a "constructive role"
in the meeting. i.e., building barriers and booby traps
"Austria, along with like-minded countries is going into the meeting in a constructive spirit to work jointly together," a senior Austrian diplomat told IANS minutes before the meeting began. But not with anyone else.
The six countries were keen to bring in provisions to halt all commerce with India if it conducted another nuclear test. (and they may get their wish whether there is a test or not, and whether there is an NSG waiver or not. )
All decisions in the 45-member NSG are taken by consensus and therefore support of every single country who are part of the cartel is important. (like the Loya Jirga.)
The Austrian diplomat said: "The package on the table (the new draft prepared by the US) needs to be worked out jointly by NSG members before it is ready to contribute to international security concerns."
Speaking on behalf of the "other like-minded countries" the diplomat said: "Both the US and India were playing a 'constructive role' to bring Indian into the nuclear market and we are ready to play our part." (on behalf of Beijing)