London is being faced with a major security problem over the next few weeks as five major summit meetings pack the city with government leaders, ministers and hordes of newsmen.
London is being faced with a major security problem over the next few weeks as five major summit meetings pack the city with government leaders, ministers and hordes of newsmen. The security arrangements in the British capital got their first test on Thursday (5 May) with the arrival of United States President, Jimmy Carter, for a meeting of the world's western leaders to discuss the international economy.
SYNOPSIS: The British Prime Minister's official residence in London -- Number Ten Downing Street -- is a big tourist attraction. And that has compounded the security problem. Britain expects thousands more tourists this year, lured by favourable exchange rates and bargain shopping. Many will also be visiting to see the special Silver Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth. But security television will check to see that the only shooting that's done is with other cameras.
Another summit taking place in London is a gathering of members of the North Atlantic Treaty organisation -- NATO. At Lancaster House a press centre has been set up in the grandiose marble building. More than 1,500 journalists are expected to flood the city as they cover the various meetings. But they will need to go through a strict security check before they can receive the necessary passes to get them anywhere near the conference centre.
Before the NATO summit there'll be a meeting of four Western powers to discuss Berlin, and at the beginning of June the Commonwealth Heads of Government will gather for their conference. There will be 35 delegations attending that meeting. A European Common Market summit meeting at the end of June will round off two busy months of politics and ceremonial occasions. If those two months pass safely and without event, it will greatly due to the many months more that have gone into preparing London.