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Cablegate: Sag Almost Ready to Sign Agreement On Nuclear

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TAGS: ENRG TRGY KNNP PREL BEXP IAEA SF
SUBJECT: SAG ALMOST READY TO SIGN AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR
COOPERATION

REF: A. PRETORIA 1216
B. PRETORIA 840
C. PRETORIA 455
D. 07 PRETORIA 4172

(SBU) DFA Deputy Director Nuclear Disarmament and
Non-Proliferation Michiel Combrink informed Energy Officer on
October 1 that the SAG will be ready to sign the long-awaited
bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in R&D in Nuclear Energy
(reftels) in about four weeks pending final processing of SAG
approval to sign. (Embassy submitted DOE's final, mostly
editorial changes, to the SAG by diplomatic note on June 10.)
The SAG is ready to discuss signing modalities. The
Department of Minerals and Energy previously told Economic
Counselor that the SAG would prefer to sign this agreement at
the ministerial level. The SAG views signing the bilateral
agreement as a precursor to launching a Joint Standing
Committee on Nuclear Energy Cooperation (JSCNEC), also in
discussion for an extended period.
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