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Officials: No Threats at Sydney

August 20, 2000

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ No specific groups or nations have been identified as posing potential security threats to next month’s Olympics in Sydney.

``An enormous amount of work has been done on what the potential threats might and might not be and to whom, but we don’t have any particular indications of there being a threat at the Olympics,″ Alexander Downer, Australia’s foreign minister, told the Seven television network Sunday.

``But we’re not taking anything for granted. We’re obviously being extremely cautious and conservative in the way we approach this issue and a large number of resources are being dedicated to Olympic security.″

Downer ruled out allowing other nations to bring weapons into Australia to protect their athletes.

``We’ve made it perfectly clear to all governments that might be in any way interested in bringing weapons to Australia that here in Australia we provide the security for the athletes and the support for the teams and also for the VIPs,″ he said.

He said security would particularly focus on teams from high-risk countries such as Israel. However, Downer said Israel had not asked to bring weapons into Australia.

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