3,000 security officers for Bush visit
2 May 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch police, military police and the military will deploy 3,000 personnel to protect US President George W Bush during his brief visit to the Netherlands this coming weekend.
2 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — Dutch police, military police and the military will deploy 3,000 personnel to protect US President George W Bush during his brief visit to the Netherlands this coming weekend.
Some 1,600 police officers, 1,000 soldiers, 200 military police and 300 support staff will be positioned in the southern Dutch province of Limburg.
The visit to the Netherlands coincides with commemorative ceremonies for the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Bush is also travelling to Latvia, Russia and Georgia between 6 and 10 May.
The visit "will honour the shared sacrifice of millions of Americans and Europeans to defeat tyranny, and mark the growth of democracy throughout the continent", the US embassy in The Hague said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the regional police chief in southern Limburg, Wim Velings, said the costs of the security operation for Bush's visit are extending into the millions of euros.
Security measures will remain in force from 6pm Saturday 7 May to midday on Sunday 8 May.
After consultation with US secret service officials, the security plans drawn up by Dutch police and military police were given the green light last Friday.
Bush will arrive at the Maastricht Aachen Airport on Saturday night and travel by car to Château St Gerlach in Houthem, where he will stay overnight.
Throughout the visit, two motorways and several roads will be closed to traffic while Bush's entourage is making its way between various destinations.
On Sunday morning Bush will have breakfast with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and later travel to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial at Margraten near Maastricht.
Queen Beatrix will welcome the US leader to the cemetery, where a commemorative ceremony will be held for Victory in Europe Day.
Thousands of visitors are expected at the cemetery, where they will be inspected for weapons, explosives and ammunition.
Upon completion of the commemorative ceremony, the president will drive back to the Maastricht airport and depart from the Netherlands.
Bush will then travel to Moscow to participate in the World War II commemoration ceremony and meet President Vladimir Putin.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news