ATHENS.- Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis said on Saturday that ministries were coordinating well in security for the Athens 2004 Olympics in August. Speaking after a meeting with the prime minister, Voulgarakis told reporters that the procedure for deploying police would be completed within days, and that numerous readiness exercises were being held in order to find any gaps in planning or operations.
In a related development, the Hellenic Coast Guard on Saturday took possession of the three high-technology patrol boats to be used as part of security for the games.
Given by the US government as part of an aid programme to combat terrorism, the vessels were handed over at Faliro Marina near Athens at a ceremony attended by US Ambassador in Athens Thomas Miller, Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis, and US government officials, the embassy said in a statement.
NATO announced June 24 that it has given Greece a positive response to its
request for security assistance during the Olympic Games (August 13-29)
and Paralympic Games (September 17-28) in Athens. A press release said the support includes maritime surveillance, and deployment of AWACS radar planes and elements of the alliance’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Battalion.