SCREENING OF FILM – ‘WEAPONS SMUGGLING’ IN DENMARK ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
Official Statement issued on 2nd June 2014 by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
“ Ministry of External Affairs called in the Danish Ambassador on Monday, June 2, 2014 to express our serious concerns regarding the documentary entitled ‘Weapons Smuggling’, scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Denmark. The concerns regarding the biased presentation of facts including regarding Indian authorities were conveyed. Clarification was sought regarding the role of the Danish government, in respect of this film.”
Official Statements issued on 2nd June 2014 by Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard
On bilateral relations:
“The Government is continuously working on strengthening and improving our relations to India. Developing the relations further will benefit both countries. This is a priority for the Government. I look forward to seeing our relations with the new Indian Government strengthened.
India plays an important and increasing role both regionally and globally. Increased cooperation – for example in the field of green growth – also offers significant economic potential for both countries.”
On the film:
“I have not myself seen the film, but to me it sounds like a fictional film rather than a documentary. It is important for me to emphasise that the Government has played absolutely no role in the production or development of the film. The film does not represent the views of the Danish Government, but merely those of the persons involved.
From what I have heard about the film it appears to be a one-sided and biased defence of Niels Holck who is wanted in India for very serious crimes. The Danish Government had decided to extradite Niels Holck to India to be tried with the necessary guarantees. The Danish Government condemns all forms of terrorism and considers it highly important that those guilty of crimes are held accountable and brought to justice.
India is the world’s largest democracy and a country with which Denmark can and should have a close and trusting relationship.”