Oz defence officials seek Indian Army`s assurance on CWG

Melbourne: Australia`s defence officials have sought assurances from the Indian Army about the security of Australian athletes during the Delhi Commonwealth Games next month.

The chief of Australia`s Defence Force Angus Houston met Indian Army chief General V K Singh last month and the issue of security at the Commonwealth Games came up for discussion.

"The Chief of Defence Force and the Chief of Army discussed a wide range of issues during General Singh`s visit," the Defence spokesman was quoted as saying by `The Daily Telegraph`.

"During General Singh`s visit the Chief of the Defence Force sought an assurance that the security for the Commonwealth Games would be effective. General Singh provided an overview of the security capability that would be in place for the Games and gave an assurance that appropriate actions were being taken to counter the risk," he added.

Apart from Houston, Australia`s Chief of Army Ken Gillespie, and secretary of the Defence Department Ian Watt, also met General Singh in Canberra.

"There were no discussions between the Chief of Defence Force and the Chief of Army with General Singh that linked our contribution in Afghanistan with the Commonwealth Games," the spokesperson said.

The Games, scheduled from October 3 to 14, have been marred by construction delays and corruption allegations. There were security concerns as well but they have gone down considerably in the past few months.


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