ATHENS.- The Olympic Games are being organised by Greece, and Greece has the main responsibility for the security, US ambassador Thomas Miller said Sunday in an interview with NET state television.
“The Olympic Games are being organised by Greece, and Greece will have the main responsibility for security, not only of our athletes, but of all the athletes,” Miller said.
He also denied as “unfounded scenaria and gossip” rumors that the Americans were planning to distance their families from Athens for the duration of the Games for security reasons. Referring to the sailing of an American aircraft carrier, he noted that the US, as a member of NATO, would provide assistance also at sea, under the Alliance umbrella.
Asked whether the security level in Greece was satisfactory, he replied:
“We are in end-March. Every week things change, and usually for the better. However, evaluation judgments are misleading, since things are developing constantly…The critical date is not end-March, but August 13”, the opening date of the Olympic Games.
To another question on whether US agents would be coming to Athens, Miller replied that experts were in Athens almost on a permanent basis, training was taking place, and there were numerous visits by officials, adding that such visits would take place constantly.
“The cooperation between our governments on the issue of security is impeccable, and things are moving in the right direction,” the US ambassador added.
A Cyprus solution was near at hand, according to US ambassador in Athens Thomas Miller, in an interview appearing in the Sunday edition of Kathimerini daily.
“We are very close to a solution of the Cyprus issue”, given that the conditions had formulated and there were factors today that did not exist a few years ago, as well as the desire of the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey for a solution, Miller said.