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Meeting on Olympic exercises

Greek and foreign officials met in Athens yesterday to discuss Olympics security exercises in Greece planned for the next two months. Public Order Ministry and police officials, as well as representatives from all seven countries taking part in an international consultative group on Olympic security – including a large delegation from the United States – took part in the marathon session. The first exercise on the agenda, code-named Blue Odyssey, will be carried out from February 6-8 in Piraeus and the coastal town of Palaia Fokea in southern Attica, with key assistance from British officials. The scenario will involve an attack using nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, targeting urban areas or ships. The second exercise will involve Greek and American troops, and is scheduled to take place in March, after the elections. It is designed to test the way authorities would handle the consequences of a terrorist attack on Olympic venues and urban areas. This exercise was a key item on the agenda during last week’s visit to the US by Public Order Minister Giorgos Floridis.