Indian doctors welcome Australian decision not to sell uranium to India

INDIA, 10 JUNE 2008. Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) - MAPW's sister organisation and fellow affiliate of IPPNWi - have issued a press release welcoming Australia's decision not to sell uranium to India, and Prime Minister Rudd's announcement of a new international Commission to advance nuclear disarmament,

The Press Release reads:
In a statement released here today Dr.Livar Singh Chawla – Vice President IPPNWi & President IDPD and Dr.Arun Mitra – General Secretary IDPD welcomed the statement of Australian Prime Minister Mr.Kevin Rudd not to sell Uranium to India.

The Uranium is directly linked to the production of nuclear weapons and its supplies to India could increase the nuclear arms race in the already fragile region of South Asia.

A delegation of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) had met Mr.Murray Harris, Counsellor (Political) and Head, Public Affairs, Australian High Commission, New Delhi on 15th May 2008 and submitted through him the view point of IDPD in this regard. IDPD has carried out a study on the Health Effects of Uranium Mining on people living around Jadugoda Uranium Mines and found alarming results. T

he IDPD further welcomes the statement of Mr.Rudd to create a nuclear non proliferation and disarmament commission which could be step forward for nuclear disarmament.

IDPD also welcomed the statement of Dr.Manmohan Singh – Prime Minister of India impressing upon the need to implement Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan for global nuclear disarmament and hoped like minded countries could come forward to meet this challenge.

 Dr Arun Mitra
General Secretary
Indian Doctors For Peace and Development (IDPD)
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