Adarsh, a security threat: Antony

Defence minister A K Antony today differed with former army chief general Deepak Kapoor's deposition before the Adarsh Commission that the high rise did not constitute a security threat.

''The Defence Ministry and the Army are very categorical and very clear. It (Adarsh) is our possession, our land. It is a security threat, that we have already conveyed to the court,'' Antony told reporters on board stealth warship INS Sahyadri, which was commissioned in Mumbai today.

The views of retired general Deepak Kapoor were in contrast with the stand of the defence ministry that it was a security threat to nearby defence installations.

''There is no question of my personal view,'' Antony said, adding that the former army chief had stated his personal opinion.

On the situation in South China Sea, Antony said, ''Our role is limited. Our approach is that there should be unhindered freedom of passage, freedom of navigation for all ships in international waters.''

At the same time, India favoured resolution of issues through dialogue, Antony said. ''We don't believe in confrontation. That is India's policy,'' he said.