01 July, 2004
Public order minister George Voulgarakis on Wednesday briefed President of the Republic Costis Stephanopoulos on the security planning for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
A statement by Voulgarakis released by the public order ministry after the meeting said that he had briefed the President in detail on the security measures that will enter into effect as of July 1.
"I presented a full analysis of the Olympics Security Plan" from its launching all the way through to the end of the Paralympics, the statement said, adding that he also briefed Stephanopoulos on all the contacts he has had in Greece and abroad, as public order minister, with his counterparts, representatives of other ministries, and foreign police services.
"I briefed him on everything discussed (in those meetings). There is no information, worldwide, that Greece faces any kind of threat or any kind of danger, and I also explained that we are ready to carry on with our plan," Voulgarakis' statement said.
The minister also thanked the President for placing 20 police officers from his own personal guard at the disposal of the Olympics security, who will be used to guard Sport Venues, following the ministry's request to all the political parties to disengage security personnel assigned to them due to the increased needs in view of the Games.
"I wish to say, therefore, that our cooperation was impeccable, and I believe that we are now ready to begin implementation of the Olympics security measures as of July 1," the statement said.
Source: Athens News Agency