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Maldives asked not to use force in airport row with infrastructure giant GMR

Published on Dec 5, 2012 7:48 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian infrastructure giant GMR appealed on Wednesday to the Maldives not to use force if it goes ahead with a threat to throw out the company as operator of the island-nation's airport this week.

The Maldives last week scrapped a 25-year-contract with GMR to upgrade and manage the international airport in the Male awarded by the previous government and gave the company until Friday at midnight to leave.

The move has led to a standoff with neighbouring India, the regional power, which has said it is ready to "take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of its interests and its nationals" in the Maldives.

"We appeal to the government of the Maldives not to use any force," Mr Sidharth Kapur, chief financial officer of GMR Airports, said at a press conference in New Delhi.

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