US focus on 2010 security

THE United States is working closely with the South African government and law-enforcement agencies to deal with security issues for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

THE United States is working closely with the South African government and law-enforcement agencies to deal with security issues for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

This according to American ambassador Donald Gips, who said they considered the safety and security of teams and fans during the World Cup to be critical to its success.

"We approach all major international events in the same manner and seek to work closely with local law enforcement.

"Any- time a terrorist attack occurs overseas, US law-enforcement entities analyse the situation in order to improve current practices and prevent future attacks.

"Americans realise that Africa is not a country, and security situations need to be evaluated on a country by country basis.

"While crime and security will be major concerns for the World Cup, the US is actively partnering with the South African government to address these concerns.

"We are working closely with South African law enforcement and other government entities to ensure that appropriate security measures are put in place for the World Cup."

Gips said US representatives have been meeting regularly to discuss a variety of security-related topics, including the security of the US national team, as well as the safety and security of all American visitors, and general national and regional security issues.

"The close cooperation between our two governments is a strong foundation for what promises to be a first-rate international sporting event."

The US team was in South Africa for the Confederations Cup in June last year and commended the organising committee for a job well done.

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