25 June 2004
NATO Will Support Greek Security Operation for Olympics
Support to include radar planes, maritime surveillance,
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.
Following is the release:
NATO Press Release (2004)103
24 June 2004
NATO AGREES TO SUPPORT GREEK SECURITY OPERATION DURING OLYMPICS
The North Atlantic Council has formally agreed to respond positively
to the request from the Greek Government for security assistance
during the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. NATO's support
to the Greek authorities will take the form of: deployment of AWACS
aircraft for the surveillance of airspace; maritime surveillance
through NATO's Operation Active Endeavour; deployment of elements
of the NATO Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence
Battalion; enhanced intelligence sharing. NATO is also contributing
to the coordination of assistance offered by nations relating to
civil emergency contingencies.
The decision demonstrates Allied solidarity in contributing to
security for NATO members.
NATO's efforts will support those of the Greek Government, which
has full responsibility for the overall Olympic security operation.