Better late than never: Indian on OZ u-turn

New Delhi: Terming Australia`s indication to lift the ban on uranium supplies as "better late than never", India on Thursday said it is waiting to see the final decision that Canberra would reach on the issue in view of differences within the ruling Labour Party.

Official sources said New Delhi was not surprised by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard`s hint that her government wanted to do away with the ban on supplying uranium to India which is not an NPT-signatory.

"It is better late than never," a senior official source said on Gillard`s announcement. However, the source added that the Australian government was still to take a decision.

"They have to first argue among themselves… First let them decide," the source said, adding it will be decided later as to whether or not a civil nuclear deal would be required or just a contract would do.

With regard to an agreement reached between the US and Australia under which America will position its troops there, the sources said India will make its assessment about it on the basis of facts. It was not immediately clear as to how many troops will be positioned there, sources said.

At the same time, the sources noted that geographically, India is located centrally to the world and any developments in East, Central or West Asia will have have impact on it.