Distancing itself from the brewing controversy on the possible banning of Blackberry mobiles in India, the United States State Department said that the matter had to be worked out between the company behind the Blackberry and Indian regulators.

In a media briefing the Department Spokesman said, “While we have been in touch with our foreign partners, this is a matter for Research in Motion to work out directly with Indian officials.”

Blackberry mobiles have been at the centre of a recent debate in India, which has seen the Indian Home Ministry warn that it might halt BlackBerry electronic mail and messaging services if Research in Motion Ltd. did not make them accessible to security agencies by August 31. The prime concern of the government is the potential use of BlackBerry encryption as cover for terrorist activity.

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