Australia conveys to India concerns over security for CWG
Australia said it has apprehensions over security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi next year, but maintained that India has assured that all precautions will be taken.india Updated: Oct 14, 2009 15:03 IST
Australia on Wednesday said it has apprehensions over security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi next year, but maintained that India has assured that all precautions will be taken.
"We share the concerns on security arrangements. We have to be very cautious about extremists' activities. We don't want any innocent athlete to face any problem," Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith told reporters in the Capital.
Smith spoke to reporters after visiting Major Dhyan Chand and Talkatora stadiums.
He said he met his Indian counterpart S M Krishna on Tuesday and discussed the security arrangements for the games.
"It is a reality of modern world that you have to take precautions against these things. That is what the Indian government is doing. We always have to worry about terrorist activities. We are conscious of that and so also is India," he said.
Krishna briefed him about the security arrangements being made for the sporting event and has assured him that
there would be foolproof arrangements.
"But whatever discussions we had, we are confident that all necessary precautions have been taken. But no one can guarantee, the Indian government cannot guarantee, Australian government cannot guarantee if terrorists will not cause attacks on people. But every precaution has to be taken," he stressed.