Come clean on military ties with US: CPI-M

March 3rd, 2012 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The CPI-M Saturday asked the government to come clean on military ties with the US after an Amercian commander claimed that US special forces were stationed in India.

“The government should come clean on the whole range of both the overt and covert military and security relations which exist with the US,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement.

The Commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Robert Willard, has said that American Special forces assist teams stationed in India along with Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The CPI-M said while both the defence and external affairs ministries had denied that any such force existed in India, the “denial only raises further questions… There is no clarification from the US side that this statement is incorrect”.

The CPI-M said the government had not informed the country about the other arrangements which it has entered into with the US.

It quoted Willard as saying: “We are working very closely with India with regard to their counter-terrorism capabilities and in particular on the maritime domain but also government to government, not necessarily DOD (department of defence) but other agencies assisting them in terms of their internal counter-terror and counterinsurgency challenges.”

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