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Greece admits defeat over armed guards at Olympics

A senior official has admitted that Greece cannot prevent foreign guards protecting the athletes of high-risk countries such as Britain, the US and Israel carrying arms outside the main security zones in Athens during the Olympics in August. The recognition comes after weeks of pressure and complaints from Washington and London that athletes will be vulnerable to attack outside the main venues. The Greek constitution bars foreigners from carrying weapons, a factor making the issue of security especially sensitive in the run-up to the first summer games since the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001. But despite official denials that delegations will have their own security agents, the Guardian was told yesterday that “short of turning Greece into a huge military garrison” the government could not stop armed guards publicly accompanying teams. Full Story

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