India, Cuba to forge strong scientific bonds

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Fri Nov 3 06:20:30 MST 2000



Monday
30 October 2000

India, Cuba to forge strong scientific bonds
NEW DELHI: Nuclear scientist and son of Cuban President Fidel Castro, Fidel
Castro Diaz-Blart, on Sunday said his country would forge strong scientific
bonds with India, a report said.
Castro Diaz-Blart told a conference in Bangalore that his country planned to
work with India in biotechnology, tropical medicine, nano material
technology, and information technology, the Press Trust of India reported.
The news agency said the nuclear scientist, who is visiting as a guest of
India's ministry of science and technology, did not rule out co-operation
even in the nuclear area.
Castro Diaz-Blart said he would visit Bhabha Atomic Research Centre nuclear
facility in Mumbai on Monday and meet its director Anil Kakodkar. He is also
slated to meet R. Chidambaram, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
The way some developed countries such as the United States deal with the
issue of nuclear non-proliferation needs to be far more transparent, Castro
Diaz-Blart said.
"Besides, there is inequality involved in the implementation of the nuclear
non-proliferation treaty. It is unjust to a majority of countries trying to
develop their nuclear programmes for peaceful purposes," he said.
"A few developed countries are trying to take advantage of the treaty.
Despite possessing vast nuclear arsenals they are trying to prevail upon
others to stunt their peaceful nuclear programmes."
He said Cuba needed to take its security scenario into consideration before
deciding whether to go ahead and sign the the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Alarmed at the prospect of a nuclear arms race on the subcontinent, the
United States imposed economic sanctions on India after it conducted nuclear
arms tests in May 1998 and triggered a tit-for-tat response from Pakistan.
Many of those sanctions still remain, as Washington presses the Indian
government to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty -- a pact which India
says is weighted in favour of established nuclear powers. (AFP)
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