UPDATE 1-Vodafone controversy pushes back Canada-India investment deal

Sun Nov 4, 2012 12:51pm EST
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* India re-examining all investment deals due to Vodafone spat

* Harper visit unlikely to produce investment, uranium deals

* Canadian diplomat sees agreements perhaps in the next year

* Canada insisting on being able to track uranium

By Randall Palmer

AGRA, India, Nov 4 (Reuters) - A high-profile tax dispute between the Indian government and British telecoms operator Vodafone Group has made it unlikely that India will sign a foreign investment protection treaty with Canada during a visit this week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada's top diplomat in India said on Sunday.

Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck also signaled an important disagreement with India in negotiations aimed at opening up Canadian exports of uranium to India.

There had been media speculation in both countries that Harper's Nov. 4-9 visit to India might yield a final agreement on foreign investment protection or on nuclear supplies or both, but this will now likely not happen this week.

"I imagine we'll have agreements perhaps in the next year," Beck told reporters traveling with Harper.   Continued...