Tight security for Bush visit
25 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch police are gearing up to take "serious security measures" for the visit of US President George W. Bush to an American war cemetery in the south of the Netherlands in May.
25 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch police are gearing up to take "serious security measures" for the visit of US President George W. Bush to an American war cemetery in the south of the Netherlands in May.
Bush will visit the Netherlands on 8 May during a European trip to mark the end of World War II, the White House and the Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) confirmed on Thursday.
The visit will start in Latvia, where he will meet Latvian leaders and those of Lithuania and Estonia. The president will then visit the Netherlands, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported.
Besides visiting the US cemetery Margraten near the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, Bush is also expected to stay at the Château St. Gerlach in Valkenburg. Police said on Friday that these two sites will need to be heavily guarded.
Preparations for the visit will start after the Easter break as police meet with authorities in Brussels to discuss experiences from Bush' previous visit to Europe. Police across the Netherlands will be requested to support the security operation.
Bush will also meet with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende during his visit. The meeting comes amid reports that the US will soon request the Netherlands to intensify involvement in future military conflicts and anti-terrorist operations.
Bush could stay in the Netherlands for the weekend of 7 and 8 May before travelling on to Moscow to attend the 9 May ceremony at the Red Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Balkenende will also attend the ceremony.
While in Russia, Bush will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He will then fly on to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to express support for the nation's democratic process under the leadership of President Mikhail Saakashvili.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news