February 27, 1976 (30th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Well, the hon. member understands that there is presently in Pakistan the Canadian supplied power reactor. At the time that reactor was put in place certain safeguards were negotiated between Canada and Pakistan, and at this point the purpose of the Canadian effort is to upgrade existing safeguard agreements which were previously entered into between Canada and Pakistan affecting that particular installation. We are doing our level best, and I believe we will make considerable progress in upgrading those safeguards.
I believe the hon. member should bear in mind as well that, as I understand it, there has been a safeguards agreement negotiated between France and Pakistan relating to the processing plant. These safeguards are of London Club quality and have been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency, so that processing plant is actually safeguarded under internationally approved standards.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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