New Delhi: A day after the Australian Prime Minister`s remarks on the security situation in the country, India on Saturday said terrorism was an "unfortunate reality" which recognises no political borders and the government has taken effective measures to ensure safety and security of all during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
"We have seen the statement, purportedly on the lines of
a travel advisory issued by Australia. Terrorism in an
unfortunate reality in today`s world which recognises no
political borders. It is incumbent on all countries to join
hands to tackle this scourge," the official spokesperson of
the External Affairs Ministry said in response to questions on
the statement by Julia Gillard.
He also asserted that "the Government of India has taken
effective measures to ensure safety and security of all during
the forthcoming CWGs.
"We are in close touch with all participating countries,
including Australia, about the steps we are taking. We are
confident of having a safe and successful sporting event."
While leaving it to athletes whether to attend the Games
here or not, Gillard had yesterday said, "But I do remind
Australians that for a considerable period of time our travel
advice for people in relation to India has asked Australians
to exercise a high degree of caution in India.
"Our travel advice has made clear that there is a high
risk of terrorism in New Delhi and since 2000 there have been
at least 14 major terrorist attacks in New Delhi," she had