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Minister: No terror chatter

Security officials have picked up no indication that a terrorist attack is being planned against the Olympics, Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said yesterday after a meeting with Interpol’s secretary-general, Ronald Noble. «We ascertained that cooperation is at a very good level and also that the evaluation of cooperation on the Olympic Games is very good,» Voulagarakis said. «I am also very happy that there is no information from anywhere in the world that presents a danger to the Olympic Games,» he added. Noble, an American, said Interpol was working side by side with the Greek authorities to keep the Games as safe as possible. He praised the Greeks for «an extraordinary amount of commitment» and added that Olympic security «is our highest priority as well.» Police chief Fotis Nasiakos also attended the meeting. Noble was to visit the main Olympic stadium and Olympic Village later. Greece is expecting to spend some 1 billion euros on security for the Games and deploy 70,000 officers and troops.