US denies pressurising India over Bhopal aid

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:54

Washington: The US on Wednesday termed as "incorrect" a news report that it is linking efforts of the Indian Government to seek more compensation from the Union Carbide in the Bhopal gas tragedy with the investment ties between the two countries.

"The assertion that there was linkage between two separate and distinct issues is wrong, is incorrect," Benjamin Chang, Deputy Spokesperson of the National Security Council in the White House told a news agency.

Chang was responding to a question about the report in India that a senior US official has asked the south asian country not to persist with its effort to seek more compensation for Bhopal gas tragedy victims from Union Carbide so as to avoid any "chilling" in the investment relationship between the two countries.
Such a message was apparently conveyed by the US Deputy National Security Advisor, Michael Froman in an email to the Planning Commission, Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, according to the report.

Chang, however, refused to make any comment on the content of the communication, but asserted that making any link between two separate issues is incorrect.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:54

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