India assures China of fool-proof security to Olympic torch

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) India today sought to dispel China's worry over the safety of the Olympic torch relay when it passes through this country next month, asserting that all possible arrangements would be made to ensure fool-proof protection for it.

''We will make all possible arrangements to ensure that the Olympic torch passes through India safely,'' National Security Advisor M K Narayanan told journalists on the sidelines of a function here.

The Olympics torch will arrive in India on April 17 after it reaches Beijing on March 31.

The flame would be carried through 20 countries while the games would commence in Beijing on August 8 to conclude on August 24.

Significantly, the launch of the Olympics torch relay in Greece on Monday was marred by breach of security by the Tibetans.

The security apprehensions come in the wake of last Friday's (March 21) incident when a group of Tibetans stormed the Chinese Embassy here.

Anguished over the Embassy incident, China expressed worry about the security of the Olympics torch that will pass through India next month and even did not rule out bypassing the country if there were doubts over its protection and security here.

China has accused the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, of ''masterminding'' the protests in Tibet to disrupt Beijing Olympic games.

Asked why he chose to remain silent on Tibet while delivering the Late Air Marshal P C Lal 25th Memorial Lecture, he said: ''Since I spoke about China and as Tibet is an integral part of China, I talked about Tibet and our relations with China.'' However, he hastened to add that Tibet was an autonomous part of China.


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