02 December, 2003
Public Order Minister George Floridis on Monday stressed that Greek authorities would be in charge of the security at the 2004 Olympic Games, denying reports that this would be organized under a NATO umbrella.
He noted, however, that Greek authorities would work closely on security issues with other countries, including members of NATO, in the framework of international treaties and agreements.
Floridis said security arrangements were progressing rapidly and that hundreds of police officers of various ranks had been selected to man the various security departments being set up.
He said these departments would help improve coordination and effectiveness in handling organized crime and the so-called petty crimes that disrupted life in communities throughout the country.
Source: Athens News Agency