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Rudd raises CWG non-payment issue with Krishna

Melbourne: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today assured the Australian government that he would take up the matter of non-payment of dues to companies for Commonwealth Games-related work after the issue featured in his talks with Kevin Rudd.

According to reports, the Australian companies are preparing a lawsuit against the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee which allegedly owes millions of dollars to the firms.

Australian Foreign Minister Rudd took up the issue with his counterpart Krishna during their bilateral talks today and the latter promised to deal with the issue on his return to New Delhi.

"It has been brought to my notice and I would go back to India and take it up with the Ministry of Sports," Krishna told a joint press conference after the meeting.

Krishna could not give a time frame on how soon the matter would be resolved, but said it will be dealt with as soon as possible after his return to India.

Rudd said his government was satisfied with the Indian government`s response on the issue which he said was a "complicated one".

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