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To place record with U.S. Government

MUMBAI, DEC. 23. In an attempt to clarify the allegations made by CompTel/Ascent, an organisation of 400 global telecom carriers, the Internet gateway and service provider, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL), is to submit a "short response'' to the U.S. Government next month. "VSNL plans to submit a short response to the U.S. Government next month to ensure a correct record on this matter and India is in full compliance with its telecommunication obligations under the WTO Agreement,'' the Tata group company said in an official response here today.

"The Government of India is in full compliance with its telecommunication obligations under the WTO Agreement regarding access to cable landing station facilities. The specific WTO provision cited by CompTel/Ascent does not even apply to India,'' it said.

VSNL also said the letter "merely reiterates the baseless claims unsuccessfully lodged with the U.S. Government last year and these are equally devoid of merit today.''

CompTel/Ascent, in a study submitted to United States Trade Representative (USTR) had alleged that "VSNL has violated World Trade Organisation's (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) by restricting access on Reliance group owned FLAG Europe Asia cable.''

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