Tight security for OSCE talks

Extremely stringent security measures will be adopted in Athens today and tomorrow, as foreign ministers and representatives of 56 countries will be in the city to take part in the 17th ministerial council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). More than 3,000 police officers will be on duty to provide security for the event, taking place at the Olympic fencing center in Elleniko, southeastern Athens. A number of roads in central Athens will be closed this afternoon as the diplomats attending the talks are due to be given a tour of the Acropolis Museum at 6 p.m. The annual meeting gives the participants «an opportunity to review and assess» the OSCE’s activities over the past year and «offer national viewpoints on security matters.» However, Prime Minister George Papandreou, also Greece’s foreign minister, is expected to use the meeting as an opportunity to hold sideline talks with the foreign ministers of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Antonio Milososki, and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu.

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