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20 September, 2002
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos Daskalaki on Thursday gave New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a guided tour of installations under construction at the main press center, the international radio and television center and the indoor Olympic stadium.
Bloomberg, who was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Athens Thomas Miller and a number of American senators of Greek origin, was also briefed by Daskalaki on the course of preparations to host the Olympic Games in 2004.
Bloomberg had expressed his desire for a briefing on the course of preparations since New York will make a bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012.
Daskalaki, in a statement after the tour, said New York, a city with a very big Greek community, constitutes a source of inspiration since it managed to be reborn through a tragedy (the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001).
Referring to Bloomberg's recent address at the United Nations, where he had underlined the need for peaceful coexistence among people, Daskalaki said this is precisely the message of the Athens Olympic Games and also mentioned the Olympic Truce which moves in the same direction.
On his part, Bloomberg wished on behalf of all New Yorkers ''good luck and success'' to Athens and expressed his conviction that Athens will be ready for the Games.
He further expressed his hope that New York will succeed in hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, adding that ''America was established on the principle of coexistence on democratic bases, which Athens has shown to us, and this is something we shall remember both as visitors and spectators of the Games.''
Referring to the issue of security, Bloomberg also mentioned recent developments concerning the November 17 terrorist organization, saying that Greece is combatting terrorism.
On the question of New York, he said life has returned to normal and New York police are in a position to handle any security problem which makes New York the safest city in the United States and one of the safest in the world.
Source: Athens News Agency